DE­CEM­BER | #Gilet­s­jaunes


France’s yel­low vests [gilets jaunes] grass­roots move­ment, which orig­i­nally kicked off on Novem­ber 17 to protest eco­nomic in­jus­tice trig­gered by the high cost pf liv­ing, ris­ing fuel prices, and the French govern­ment’s tax poli­cies, took its most vi­o­lent turn in its third and fourth acts, hap­pen­ing on De­cem­ber 1 and 8 re­spec­tively. What started as a protest in mid-novem­ber mor­phed into full-fledged ri­ots dur­ing these two week­ends, with hun­dreds of peo­ple in­jured and thou­sands ar­rested, over 100 cars burned, a van­dal­ized Arc de Tri­om­phe and nu­mer­ous pop­u­lar tourist sites closed. In the wake of in­ten­si­fy­ing street protests, re­lated hash­tags #Gilet­s­jaune, #Paris and #France were spot­ted re­peat­edly at the top of Twit­ter’s trend­ing top­ics.

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