For several months, massive protests, occupations, and blockades have rippled across the entirety of France. The Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement first arose out of anger over a proposed increase in taxes on diesel fuel, something many French citizens outside large cities rely on, but quickly morphed into a general opposition to the French Government, especially current president Emmanuel Macron.
After an initial protest on November 17, 2018 in Paris, massive riots have engulfed most French cities each and every Saturday on a scale not seen in the country since the near-insurrection of May 1968. At the same time, occupations and blockades of roads and roundabouts across the country sprang up. The majority have maintained their presence to this day.
Several Shotgun correspondents recently returned from traveling in France to better understand the Yellow Vests movement and what lessons we might take from it here in New Orleans.