Q&A on France’s yellow vests: Why are they still protesting and who is to blame for the violence? #Yellow_VestsJanuary 11, 2019
Who are the yellow vests who are still protesting?
Are the yellow vests just another manifestation of the extreme right?
But there are also many gilets jaunes who are attracted to the ideas of the hard left.
On the other hand, there has been from the beginning a willingness of some Gilets Jaunes to buy into anti-semitic tropes and conspiracy theories as part of their rejection of “big finance” and “globalism”.
The benefits for the unemployed and for lower income workers were supposed to come in 2020-22.
Some Gilets Jaunes want a bonfire of taxes.
Could we see an anti-yellow vests backlash given there is a planned protest against them?
Only 31 per cent of French people now say that they “support” the yellow vests but 51 per cent still have some sympathy for them.
The pro-Macron, anti-violence protest planned in Paris on 27 January may be a turning point but it may also be the occasion for more violence.
The Gilets Jaunes movement seems to be receding but it is likely to be a violent retreat.
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