PARIS — The Yellow Jackets protests caught France's politicians off-guard — especially the often inexperienced ranks of Emmanuel Macron's En Marche. Many of the president's lawmakers admit they were not prepared for such violence and acknowledged that since last year's election, the gap between the government and the people has grown significantly. France has faced massive civil unrest since the spontaneous, leaderless Yellow Jackets protest movement — named for the vests worn by demonstrators to represent motorists — kicked off last month in retaliation against a fuel tax. Protesters have ransacked shops along the Champs-Élysées and defaced a statue on the Arc de Triomphe. The unrest shook the government and forced Macron to deliver a somber televised address to the nation on Monday in which he granted a pay hike to workers earning the minimum wage, among other measures meant to calm the situation. But with calls for more … [Read more...] about Yellow Jackets rattle Macron’s foot soldiers
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Chichester is mourning its Pearl with the passing of actress, author and artist Pearl Goodman at the age of 98. The widow of distinguished Chichester artist David Goodman, Pearl was proud to be a Chichester girl through and through – and was the author of two successful memoirs about growing up in the city, String of Pearls and More Pearls.Following in her husband’s footsteps, Pearl held her first art exhibition two years ago – at the age of 96. She started painting to help her recover from cancer and subsequent depression.Pearl’s daughter, the former actress Julia Goodman said: “I am devastated and cannot believe that vibrant funny talented women has gone. I really believed she would be here forever.”Pearl joined Joan Littlewood at 19 and helped to co-found the famous Theatre Workshop, singing with Euan McColl (father of Kirsty) and many actors later to become famous.Pearl married and had three girls. She joined the Chichester Players and took part … [Read more...] about Chichester loses its Pearl with the passing of actress, writer and artist Pearl Goodman, aged 98.