The controversial reforms proposed by the Emmanuel Macron-led French government will introduce a grade point system for ascertaining pension amounts, besides raising the retirement age required to avail pension benefits to 64
What were the strengths of the Yellow Vests and what are their weaknesses? Nicolas Maury, a blogger at Perspective Communiste, writes about the movement which continues despite repression and violence against them
The protesters called for urgent attention to climate change, the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, the Israeli aggression on Palestinians, and the forest fires in the Amazon.
In the city of Metz, thousands of yellow vests and environmentalists joined forces to protest at the venue of the meeting of environment ministers of the G7 countries
Over 300,000 people are believed to have taken part in protests called for by major trade unions on March 19. Three days before the mobilization, the Yellow Vests marked the 18th consecutive week of their protest
Around 300,000 people took part in rallies and marches in 200 cities across the France. Around the same time, the French parliament passed an anti-hooliganism law that bars protesters from hiding their faces and gives local authorities the power to ban individual protesters
Reports say that the Disarm collective, a local group that campaigns against police violence, has counted 98 cases of serious injuries till now, including 15 cases of people losing an eye to rubber bullets
The protesters, many of whom were clad in yellow vests, marched under the banner ‘Britain is Broken.’ They demanded the conduct of general elections and called on working people to play an active role in resolving the crisis
Belying claims by critics that the movement was weakening, 50,000 protesters took to the streets of France over the weekend. Their demands included constitutional reform to introduce referendums on various issues
At every level, the left is actively supporting the movement of the Yellow Vests, says Cyril Benoit of the Young Communists Movement of France, in an interview with Peoples Dispatch.
Organized working class movements are aiming to channelize the anger of the Yellow Vests agitation against the government in a coordinated way to obtain real social progress
They have raised a number of demands, including reversing changes to the French exam system and a roll-back on exam fees. A major strike is scheduled for December 14