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People vs. Macron: Over the past several weeks, France has been in the grips of a grassroots social uprising, in part over a consequential proposed fuel-tax hike, that culminated in violent demonstrations in Paris over the weekend. Notably, it was France’s prime minister—and not French President Emmanuel Macron—who announced concessions to protesters on Tuesday. Rachel Donadio writes on what these events have revealed about smooth-talking Macron’s major weakness.
A Syria Plan: Some in the Trump administration might be eager to avoid what they see as a weakness of U.S. military engagement in Iraq—how withdrawing troops gave way to a vacuum filled by extremist insurgents. But the prominent justification offered for continued military presence? Countering Iran. There are still about 2,000 American soldiers stationed in Syria, and their deployment timeline is looking murky.
Mulling Over Mueller: Washington awaits several filings from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team: a sentencing memo for Michael Flynn, and memos on Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. All three men have adopted drastically different legal strategies in response, David Graham writes. Here’s what to expect. For a legal perspective: Mikhaila Fogel and Benjamin Wittes find fault in the metaphor of the domino effect. “The administration is not going to come crashing down in response to any single day’s events.”