France’s Yellow Jackets: a Short Guide for Foreign Observers
The situation on Wednesday, December 5th
You have probably all seen images from Paris on Saturday: burned cars, violent clashes between protesters and the police, lootings of various stores etc..
The protests, that began as peaceful road blockades finally turned violent and gave to foreign news outlets a formidable opportunity to depaint France according to somewhat accurate stereotypes : the eternal Frenchman, forever discontented with his ruling class, was back in the streets to try to start another revolution.
Of course, the yellow jackets weren’t responsible for most of the pillaging and vandalism that took place last weekend. As usual during