Keyword: gilets jaunes

The anger behind France's 'yellow vest' revolt

The so-called 'gilets jaunes' (yellow vest) movement, now shaking French President Emmanuel Macron's government, cuts across age, job and region and includes members of the working and middle classes, the worst-affected by the rising cost of living in the country.

Minister says continuing French protests have created 'monster'

Ahead of what are forecast to be a major demonstrations on Saturday by a grass-roots movement of often violent protest over the living standards of middle-income earners, France's interior minister has announced 'large-scale security measures' in Paris, including the deployment of armoured vehicles, in face of what he said has become a 'monster' that has escaped the control of those who initiated the nationwide contestation.

In face of continuing protests, Macron finally scraps fuel tax rise

One day after announcing a six-month freeze on the eco-tax that first prompted nationwide protets against his government's economic policies, and just hours after French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said he was prepared to reconsider the tax if other solutions could be found, the Elysée Palace said that Philippe and President Emmanuel Macron “both wished the increase in the carbon tax be removed” from the budget for 2019.

'Anger of the French' forces PM to suspend fuel hikes

 U-turn comes after protests by 'gilets jaunes' protesters led to scenes of violence in central Paris and other areas of country over fuel tax rises.

Juncker visit to French parliament canceled following riots

Address by European Commission president cancelled to 'give priority' to a hearing on the 'gilets jaunes' protests that have swept across France.

France fuel protests: 80-year-old woman killed in Marseille

The woman, who lived in an apartment near to where the protests were taking place on Saturday, was hit in the face while closing the shutters.

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

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

Macron tells PM to hold talks after worst unrest in Paris for decades

Government spokesman said they 'had to think about measures that can be taken so that these incidents don't happen again' after glut of violence.

The 'gilets jaunes' protests: the battle for equality

The Arc de Triomphe,December 1st, 2018. © Karl Laske The Arc de Triomphe,December 1st, 2018. © Karl Laske

The revolt of the 'gilets jaunes', the protesters whose symbol is their yellow hi-vis jackets, is aimed against tax injustice and arbitrary behaviour by the French state. What drives it is that which lies at the heart of of all emancipatory struggles: the demand for equality. Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel argues that its political future will depend on its willingness to embrace common cause with others movements who are advocating equality for all.

Macron calls urgent security meeting after protest violence in Paris

French president returned from the G20 summit in Argentina on Sunday morning and went straight to the Arc de Triomphe to assess the damage.

Hundreds arrested in Paris during 'gilet jaunes' protests

At least 100 people were injured in street battles, with cars being torched and shops raided in central Paris.

France fuel protests: tear gas fired in clashes in Paris

For the third weekend, thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest at fuel costs, rising fuel taxes  and the high cost of living.

The divisions behind the latest 'gilets jaunes' social protests in Paris

Scenes from the first 'gilets jaunes' protests in Paris, November 17th, 2018. © E.S. Scenes from the first 'gilets jaunes' protests in Paris, November 17th, 2018. © E.S.

This Saturday December 1st the so-called 'gilets jaunes' or yellow hi-vis vest protesters will take to the streets of central Paris for the third weekend in a row. This time other groups – unions, anti-racist movements and student groups – are also planning demonstrations in the capital. But while they might all be demonstrating at the same time, these different components of the current social movement sweeping across France are not all on the same wavelength when it comes to their aims and objectives. Mathilde Goanec, Dan Israel and Faïza Zerouala report.

French prime minister offers to meet 'yellow vest' protesters

Édouard Philippe says protesters are expressing 'a lot of legitimate things that should be heard' amid calls for new protests on Champs-Elysées.


Macron drives ahead with fuel tax policies ahead amid protests

French president says he will not abandon a controversial fuel tax but says is open to ideas and revising how the fuel tax is applied.