Keyword: Nuit debout
Protests against labour reforms and action over unemployment benefits for entertainment workers take place across France.
The Nuit Debout movement has unsettled France’s political elite which is still fearful of the power of street protests.
Since March 31st, an increasing series of nocturnal sit-ins have taken over town and city centres around France. Called Nuit Debout, (roughly meaning ‘Standing Up Night’), they are gatherings of people of all ages who are dismayed by the political scene in France. They hold debates, spontaneous discussions, break out in song, swap books, eat together and hold occasional demonstrations. There is no official aim, and there are no official leaders, and no-one knows where it will all end. The movement began on the Place de la République in central Paris, in the aftermath of a demonstration against the government’s proposed labour law reform. Christophe Gueugneau and Michaël Hajdenberg joined the sit-in there this weekend.
The sit-ins which began in central Paris on March 31st, spreading across France and to abroad, refuse April can begin until society is overhauled.