THE leader of the Yellow Vest movement that has wreaked havoc across Europe with violent protests that triggered the collapse of the French economy has declared he has “militiamen ready to bring down the government” following a shock meeting with the Italian coalition.
Cristophe Chalencon, one of the leaders of the Yellow Vest revolution, said France is “on the brink of cvil war” before he vowed to fight French President Emmanuel Macron over Paris austerity. In a gathering in Italy with anti-establishment party 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and his right-hand man Alessandro Di Battista, the Frenchman raged: “We have people, militiamen, ready to intervene because they also want to bring down the government. Today everything is calm, but we are on the brink of a civil war. “I know that I risk a lot. I can get shot in the head at any moment. But I don’t care. I defend my convictions. “Because if I got shot in the head, the people – Macron would end up on the guillotine.
“We have reached such a level of confrontation today that Macron would also fall if I fall. The people would break into the Elysée and destroy everything, him, his wife and all the group.”
When pressed for more details on his military, Mr Chalencon added: “Yes, militiamen. People who have withdrawn from the army and who are against the government.
“Of course I know. It’s disturbing. It is disturbing but you do not realise it. Macron is afraid. This is why I tell you that he is afraid.”
Like France, tensions in Italy have also hit boiling point.
Though unlike Yellow Vest protesters taking aim at their leader, Mr Macron, over his 23 percent fuel hike and rising living costs, in Italy the coalition government made up of Mr Di Maio and League leader Matteo Salvini are embroiled in a bitter battle with their superiors, the EU.
Recently, Italy’s shrinking financial economy has sparked fears the troubled nation will face an early election, which will plunge the entire Eurozone into more chaos.
This follows news the French economy has been left in tatters after Mr Macron caved in to demands from Yellow Vest demonstrators, costing billions of euros.
Meanwhile, Germany – Europe’s largest economy – announced it narrowly avoided a recession following a second consecutive quarter of negative growth. DekaBank economist Andreas Scheuerle told Sky News Germany “got away with a black eye” instead.