In 2018, France planned to pass a new gas and diesel tax. This started protests from “Yellow Vests,” a group of people who began protesting while wearing neon yellow vests to mimic road workers. This has been happening for the last month and is one of the most significant social mobilizations in France’s recent history. At least 280,000 protesters took to the streets in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the country, burning cars, blockading highways, and fuel depots, and engaging in battles with police and motorists. During this time they demonstrated against aforementioned planned rises in gas and diesel taxes.
On December 1, three people died after protests in France turned violent. On December 3, “the yellow vests” canceled the scheduled meeting with the prime minister, claiming they were receiving death threats. This shows just how much power this protest has.
Gilets Jaunes Colere = Angry Yellow Vests
French police have started to crack down on protesters, making dozens of arrests of violent protests. Police in the capital used water cannons and tear gas as scuffles broke out at the Arc de Triomphe, on the ninth consecutive weekend of protests. Thousands of officers were deployed across Paris. This is where the majority of the protest’s street clashes and vandalism have occurred. The police have resorted to tackling the protesters, and blockading parts of the center with riot police.