Yellow Vests up the stakes

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A protest in Nice, France. Pic: Wikipedia/Aeroceanaute

A general strike of French trade unionists alongside further Yellow Vest protests at the beginning of February was set to up the pressure on president Emmanuel Macron to stop expenditure cuts, privatisation and a tax system weighted against the poor.

The continuing movement is also demanding significant wage increases and the right to protest without the fear of police violence; a factor that has seen, since the movement began last November, the police badly injure more than 2,000 protesters.

Despite the violence and disagreements about the way forward, however, the movement shows no sign of dissipating, with Act XI at the end of January seeing more protesters across the country than those in December.