Respect My Existence or Expect My Resistance

The title of this post is taken from a banner that one of the protestors was holding up in Paris today (it also sort of rhymes in French as it does in English). The ‘5th Act’ (as the demonstrators call it, because this is the fifth weekend of protests) began in a subdued way. At lunchtime it looked like this was going to be a quiet one, but as the afternoon wore on more and more protestors joined in, until there must have been at least ten thousand people on the streets of Paris; this on a godawful wet and cold December day – I’m sure it was great fun to be soaked by a water cannon on such a day. Je salut les gilets jaunes.

There’s a lot I can say here, but I suppose I just want to briefly say that this all gets too Paris-centric: these demonstrations are taking place all over France. This includes my own very rural neck of the woods in south west France, although as yet there’s been no violence from either the police or demonstrators here (the police here are currently turning a blind eye to it). Things are different in other parts of France. The following footage, from today 15th December, comes from Saint-Brieuc, a relatively small place in Brittany, in north west France. Outside of Paris these scenes are being repeated all over France…

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