The 'gilets jaunes' protests: the battle for equality

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The revolt of the 'gilets jaunes', the protesters in yellow hi-vis jackets, is a natural occurrence: unprecedented, inventive and uncontrollable. Like all spontaneous outpourings of the people it has swept past existing organisations, shaken up professional commentators and thrown those in government into panic. Like all collective social struggles it invents itself from day to day, in a political creation with no pre-established agenda and where self-organisation is the only determining factor. Like all popular mobilisations, it takes France as it is, with all its diversity and plurality, its miseries and its grandeur, its sense of solidarity and its prejudices, its hopes and its acrimonies.