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The yellow vests (also known as gilets jaunes in French) is a massive ongoing populist movement that started in France in late 2018, originally to protest the neoliberal policies of president Emmanuel Macron.[1]

Co-opted by the far right[edit]

While the yellow vests includes volunteers thought the political spectrum, some far righters have used this to push their own agenda.[2][3]

Neo-Nazis and anti-semites seized this movement for their own nefarious racist purposes.[4] Just look at the glowing endorsements by the knuckle draggers back at the Daily Stormer.[5]

Demands of the yellow vests[edit]

The yellow vest's demands are mostly supporting a stronger welfare state. They are, of course, opposed to the gas taxes which caused the movement to start, and they oppose the neoliberal reforms of Macron and the governments before him. They also support a popular referendum, a proposal largely influenced by Etienne Chouard, a far-left internet activist and supporter of sortition of political rulers.

Spreading beyond French borders[edit]

The yellow vests also inspired other similar protests to occur in Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.[6]


  1. The Yellow Vests: Who they are and why their tax protest is a big deal The Mercury News. November 20th, 2018.
  2. The Far Right Is Trying to Co-opt the Yellow Vests The Daily Beast. January 8th, 2019.
  3. The Ugly, Illiberal, Anti-Semitic Heart of the Yellow Vest Movement New Republic. Januray 7th, 2019.
  4. Antisemitism among yellow vest protestors demoralizes France's Jews The Jerusalem Post. January 14th, 2019.
  5. Macron Speaks Out! 'Yellow Vests Are Very Bad Goys!' by Roy Batty (January 3, 2019) Daily Stormer (archived from February 2, 2019).
  6. See the Wikipedia article on Yellow vests movement.