'Something's Broken Within Our Society': Farage on Paris Riots, 'Disconnect' Between Elites and Ordinary People
Nigel Farage said the weekend violence in Paris over a planned gas tax hike is a sign of the disconnect between France's elites and ordinary people.
The protests - in which more than 130 people were injured and hundreds were arrested - came in response to carbon taxes soon to be levied by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Following the chaotic scenes, Macron reversed course and announced the taxes will be suspended for six months, though the so-called Yellow Vest protest leaders said more must be done to lower taxes and address wealth disparities.
Farage, the former U.K. Independence Party leader and a prominent voice behind Brexit, said Macron and the "metropolitan elite" thought they were saving the planet, but out in rural, small-town France, people do not want to pay 25 percent more for gas, a necessity in their daily lives.
He said that while there are not violent protests in America, their are similar elitist attitudes on the coasts compared to the "flyover states."
"Across the Western world, there's this huge divide between the governing classes and ordinary people," Farage said. "And what ordinary folks say is that over the last 10, 20 years, they've worked hard, and far from being better off, they actually feel worse off."
"Something's broken within our society," he continued. "And that's why you've seen the big changes -- the vote for Brexit, the vote for Trump, and indeed the new Italian government, and these riots. People want to feel as though they've got some power over their own future."
Watch the "Fox & Friends First" clip above.