Case Study: 

Les Gilets Jaunes en France

"The gilets jaunes (yellow vests) arose out of civil society. They aren't associated with any political party, but they are surely angry, contesting sky-high taxation in France, and the political class is unwilling to listen to them. Protest marches often occur on motorways, where the yellow vests block the streets to get attention for their cause. The high-visibility security vests they wear are symbolic for a cry for help and a desperate attempt to gain attention." (Source: Foundation for Economic Education)


  • Who are les gilets jaunes or the yellow vest protestors?

  • What are they protesting? What are they demanding?

  • What impact have they had? 


We will look at the questions through some videos and a reading.



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"The 'yellow vest' movement explained"
Reading and Study Guide
Aljazeera - Inside Story
"Yellow Vest Anniversary: has anything changed?
Video and Study Guide