'Yellow Vests' stage national meeting as movement faces 'turning point'

By Pierre-Yves Bulteau

At the end of January 75 delegates from 'Yellow Vest' groups around France met at an 'assembly of assemblies' at Commercy in the north east of the country. From April 5th to 7th some 300 delegates will converge on a community centre in Saint-Nazaire in the west for a second such national assembly. The three-day gathering based on “exemplary fraternity” has required lots of last-minute local preparations and comes at what some describe as a key point in the protest movement's short life. Pierre-Yves Bulteau reports.

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Maintaining a protest movement takes all kinds of skills and requires all kinds of commitment. When Mediapart went to check on the preparations for the second 'assembly of assemblies' for delegates from 'Yellow Vest' protest groups from across France, it was squeegees, brushes and brooms that were being deployed. After a break for their morning pain au chocolat, coffee and in some cases a quick cigarette, KTY, Angélique, Jo and Stéphanie were all hard at work preparing an old community centre at Saint-Nazaire on the west coast of France for the gathering. The four were busily cleaning the floors after floors after some building work had been carried out.