‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters Aren’t May 1968 Students, They’re Sans-Culottes | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters Aren’t May 1968 Students, They’re Sans-Culottes

What began as a spontaneous explosion of anger at a surge in fuel prices set by the French government last month has become a nationwide conflagration called the “Gilets Jaunes” or “Yellow Vests” after the reflective safety clothing item. Showing no signs of stopping, its demands and base have expanded amid state intransigence.

Hundreds of thousands of French people have joined the protests since November 17, many of them peaceful but with an increasingly visible and large part of them becoming riots. Over 70 percent of French people polled said they support the movement, although an even higher percentage said they disapproved of the violence, which is mostly centered in Paris.

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