Yellow vests protests

2018 social movement started in France

The Yellow Vests movement (French: Mouvement des gilets jaunes, pronounced [ʒilɛ ʒon]; Dutch: gele hesjes; Italian: gilets gialli), also called as the Yellow Jacket movement in English, is a protest movement in Europe which began with a petition posted in May 2018, and which took action for the first time on Saturday, 17 November 2018.[1][2]

The "yellow vests" blocked roads and caused traffic chaos on Saturdays. The demonstrations stem from anger over rising diesel fuel prices and taxes.[3][4][5]

By November 24, The Gilets jaunes protests had led to two deaths and over 750 injuries, including 136 police officers.[6] Two days later, officials estimated that the damage in Paris alone could be up to €1.5m (£1.3m), and had mobilised 200 additional workers to assist with the cleanup and repair work.[7]

By December 2, The Gilets jaunes protests had led to three deaths, the third being in Arles, according to Reuters.[8]


  1. Alexis Spire (December 2018). "Aux sources de la colère contre l'impôt". Le Monde Diplomatique (in French). Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  2. Aurélie Dianara (November 30, 2018). "We're With the Rebels". The Jacobin. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  3. Aline Leclerc. "« Gilets jaunes » : anatomie d'une journée de colère". Le (in French). Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  4. Willsher, Kim (2018-11-16). "'Gilets jaunes' protesters threaten to bring France to a standstill". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  5. Smith, Saphora (2018-11-27). "The Champs-Élysées in Paris became a blazing battleground. Here's why". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  6. Ben McPartland (24 November 2018). "Paris: 'Yellow vest' protest marred by violent clashes with French police on Champs-Elysées". Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  7. Willsher, Kim (26 November 2018). "Macron: Paris protest 'battle scenes' could hurt France's image". the Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  8. "Paris riot could prompt state of emergency". 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.