'Gilets jaunes' are just a symptom of 'deep fractures' within France

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Christophe Guilluy, author of a seminal account of French society, describes the widening cultural divisions within France.

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From the 1980s onwards, it was clear there was a price to be paid for western societies adapting to a new economic model and that price was sacrificing the European and American working class. No one thought the fallout would hit the bedrock of the lower-middle class, too. It’s obvious now, however, that the new model not only weakened the fringes of the proletariat but society as a whole, writes Christophe Guilluy in The Observer.