1968 again? The Gilets Jaunes Protests
In the worse period of social unrest in France since 1968, the "gilet jaunes" or "yellow vests" movement, which started as a protest against rising fuel taxes and cost of living, very quickly turned to encompass wider social issues, particularly the inequality of the French social system under the Macron government.
Spanning the social and political spectrums across France, the Gilets Jaunes, whose name was given after the French law that requires all drivers to carry a Gilet Jaune or Yellow Vest, has quickly grown into a movement against the President himself, with many feeling that he is arrogant and out of touch with the French Nation.
Every Saturday since November 2018 until the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020, thousands turned out across France and in the French capital to demonstrate, often experiencing excessive force from the police, with hundreds receiving life changing injuries when protests turned violent. The absence of leaders or visible political directions has made the movement unique, spanning the French political and social classes, from the left to the right of the political spectrum, growing to encompass national strikes over Pension reform, united in their dislike for President Macron and his government’s policies.