The yellow vests movement (French: Mouvement des gilets jaunes) is a protest movement that started online in May 2018 and led to demonstrations that began in France 17 November 2018 and rapidly spread southern part of Belgium. The yellow vest was chosen as a symbol because all motorists had been required by law to have high-visibility vests.
Motivated by rising fuel prices and the high cost of living, protesters have called for reductions in fuel taxes, the reintroduction of the solidarity tax on wealth, the raising of the minimum wage, and the resignation of the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.
Since the movement started on November 17, three people have been killed and hundreds injured in clashes or accidents stemming from the protests.
France’s interior ministry says about 136,000 people took part in the protests nationwide on Sunday, December 2.
Demonstrators burned dozens of cars, looted boutiques and smashed up luxury private homes and cafes.
The movement has been a fractious one with no one clear leader coming to the fore.