“The people have woken up – at last!” declared local Gilet Jaune rebel Michelle as she watched the vast crowds assembling on the main square of Montpellier in southern France.
She has been involved with the Yellow Vest movement since the very start of the popular revolt against the Macron regime in November 2018.
Two years ago, in April 2019, another Gilet Jaune told me on the same spot, the Place de la Comédie, that France was witnessing “a turning point in history”.
Despite the vast levels of militarised repression used against the Yellow Vests, not to speak of the relentless propaganda in the mass media, the movement never abandoned the struggle.
Only the “emergency” of the Covid crisis pushed it, more or less, off the streets.
The spirit of revolt has not been very much in evidence in France since March 2020, with the population divided and fearful, as elsewhere.
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