I make no apologies for returning to this subject again, because what’s happening on the streets of France at the moment is history in the fast lane.
The gilets jaunes protest in Paris yesterday was the smallest one so far, with somewhere between 1000 and 2000 protestors. The smaller number could be because we’re in the middle of the Christmas holiday. It’s also because the police have been arresting and intimidating protestors from the regions before they can even get to Paris. One thing I’m fairly sure of is that the small size of the Paris demo is not because the gilets jaunes movement is running out of steam. This brief news bulletin shows footage from yesterday of gilets jaunes demos in Marseille, Nantes, Amiens, Bordeaux, Rouen and Toulouse. As far as I’m aware, the Rouen demo was the biggest in Acte VII, with something like 10,000 people on the streets (if interested you can find better footage of the Rouen demonstration here). The most common chant at all these demos is Macron, va te foutre tu! (Macron, go fuck yourself!). Interestingly, at one point during the Paris demo the gilets jaunes gathered outside the BFM-TV building and started chanting fake news! fake news! The gilets jaunes no longer buy into the lies and bullshit pumped out by the presstitutes, which is one reason why the Establishment are so terrified of the gilets jaunes (the manufacturers of tear gas canisters must be making a killing at the moment – from yesterday’s Paris demo see this).
But let me get to the reason for this post: the news footage I link to above shows demonstrations that took place in six of France’s biggest cities, but yesterday there were also gilets jaunes demonstrations in towns and other cities the length and breadth of France. Here’s some examples (the Brittany one is quite interesting):
Acte VII des “Gilets jaunes” à Besançon le 29 décembre 2018 (eastern France, near the border with Switzerland)
Gilets Jaunes 29 décembre 2018 Carrefour Langueux (Brittany, north west France)
Gilets jaunes Dijon – ACTE 7 (in the Burgundy region in eastern France)
Hopefully the above videos will give some idea of the utter chaos that happened yesterday during Acte VII, and this was in the regions outside of Paris. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in all my life. If this is not Revolution I don’t know what is.
It’s hard to say just how widespread the gilets jaunes movement is, because of its unaffiliated nature. The French police have said that there were 12,000 protestors on the streets of France yesterday. If you look at the video links I’ve given here you’ll see that it was far more than that, probably in the 100s of thousands, and this in the middle of the Christmas holiday. Some of these regional demonstrations were relatively small, whilst others were massive, and there were thousands of demonstrations. There were an awful lot of angry people on the streets of France yesterday. It’s one reason why I don’t think the gilets jaunes are going to disappear anytime soon.
The protests don’t just take place on Saturdays. It’s 7 days a week. A favourite protest spot for the gilets jaunes is roundabouts, all across France (they’ve been at my local roundabout for weeks now). They build encampments at the roundabouts so that they can shelter from bad weather and warm themselves by a fire. In the week before Christmas the police demolished most of these encampments. This was mostly done by military police, because many Gendarmes didn’t want to do it. There’s been many surreal moments over the last seven weeks. Here’s another one, which took place in the small town of Margencel in southeastern France, where the gilets jaunes danced to the strains of Piaf’s La foule, shortly before the police demolished their encampment…
— France Bleu Pays de Savoie (@bleusavoie) December 19, 2018
The full version of Edith Piaf’s La foule can be found here.