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Total Blackout – PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 2)

PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 2)

People were shouting like animals, as if they wanted to be heard from the President of the Republic's office, Julien Raymond.

He had only been in office for two years, but he had already become very unpopular with his drastic budget austerity measures to reduce the country's debt. Today, his popularity rating was lower than dirt. Never had a president of the Fifth Republic managed to unify the French so quickly. It was a recurring theme now during presidential elections: reducing social divides, uniting the French behind a flag and a common culture, marching together to give shape to a collective project. Julien Raymond had managed to unite everyone against him.

Pierre hadn't voted for him, but he certainly wasn't the worst candidate in the last elections. He wasn't satisfied with his work so far, but he acknowledged that his predecessor had left him with a France in a very bad state. It wouldn't be unfair to say that he had inherited a ticking time bomb. Reform seemed necessary, but doing so could only breed anger. So Pierre didn't feel anger towards this man and his government, but rather pity.

Far ahead, the angry crowd was stopped by no one, nor were they directed or supervised. From the start, the leaders hadn't seen a single blue uniform. If there were smoke bombs, they had been triggered by the protesters themselves. Their progress was so easy that the first protesters in this huge procession found it suspicious. Pierre, on his part, had never protested, but he knew what happened when protesters went too far. The riot police formed a barrier and directed the protesters towards lower-risk areas. When they became a little too threatening, they used smoke bombs and tear gas that made you cry and cough until you spat out your organs. In response, they received stones, Molotov cocktails, and even their own smoke bombs.

According to the news, there was always some damage on the fringes of the protest, yet he doubted there had been one as significant as this. The police, absent, didn't defend the shop windows of businesses and banks. Bus shelters and abandoned vehicles were not spared even though they were innocent. The black blocs took advantage and smashed everything that could be smashed. But the further the protest advanced, the less damage there was, as their energy was not inexhaustible. They had broken so many things with total impunity that most of them couldn't take it anymore. They were trying to recover to be in shape when they had to throw stones or cocktails at the law enforcement officers, representatives of the State on the ground and everything they represented, which was most detestable in their eyes. Corruption, racism, violence, overly restrictive laws, France and its values, simply.

However, the rioters hadn't only targeted premises associated with the government and finance. Temporary employment agencies, bars, tobacco shops, cafes, furniture stores, clothing stores, perfume shops, travel agencies, or housing agencies. Nothing or almost nothing had been spared. Often, trash cans were used as fuel and projectiles. Pierre witnessed many arson fires without the protesters deciding to intervene. Definitely not seeing himself as a lone hero, Pierre distanced himself further.

It's not my job<

/em>, Pierre concluded, stepping aside, away from these people he deemed dangerous.

Chapter end

Catalogue
NATHAN BELCOMBE - DAY 1
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 1 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 1 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 2 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 2
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 2 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 3 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 3 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 3
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 3
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 4 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 4 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 4 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 4 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 4
KARIMA ALI - DAY 5
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 5
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 4)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 3)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 22
KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 31
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 68
KARIMA ALI - DAY 88
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 94
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 124
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 153 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 153 (part 2)
AMIN SAIDI - DAY 155
AMIN SAIDI - DAY 157 to 164
KARIMA ALI - DAY 169
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 188
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 195
KARIMA ALI - DAY 216
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 232
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 245 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 245
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 245 and 246
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 246
KARIMA ALI - DAY 253
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 253
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 259
KARIMA ALI - DAY 262
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