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'Yellow vests' protests sparked off by rising fuel prices should serve as a red alert for Macron

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President Emmanuel Macron is having a difficult November. Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron is having a difficult November. Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron is having a difficult November. Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters

Known as les gilets jaunes (the yellow vests), they are the latest domestic headache for France's beleaguered president. Named after the high visibility vests motorists in France are required by law to carry in their vehicles in case of breakdown, the gilets jaunes is a protest movement that mobilised nationwide demonstrations last weekend and threatens to do the same today.

The movement was sparked by Emmanuel Macron's hiking of fuel taxes due to come into force next year, but most agree this is about much more than an increase in levies. Within the space of a week, the gilets jaunes have managed to tap into wider discontent with Macron's presidency and policies, gaining opposition support and momentum as a result.


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