French Yellow Vests bite the bullet to stand in local elections


This weekend, like every weekend for just more than a year, France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ demonstrators will hold their weekly nationwide protests over social inequalities, the declining living standards of low- and middle-income earners, the jobless and pensioners, against the privileges of the social and political elite, and for a greater participative exercise of democracy. But despite its stamina, many in the eclectic movement, which has no politically organised structure, are seeking a new way forward. In the Vosges département in north-east France, a fiefdom of the Right for decades, a group of 'Yellow Vests' have decided to bite the bullet and stand in local elections due in March 2020, a move that would once have been anathema to them. Mathilde Goanec reports from the Vosges.

Reading articles is for subscribers only. Subscribe now.

In the Vosges département (county) in the north-east of France, an area of low-lying, wooded mountains, local 'Yellow Vest' (gilets jaunes) protestors have taken the decision to enter the political fray and stand in local elections due next March.