We entered a political crisis. The incidents of Saturday, November 1, the evolution of claims and slogans of the Yellow Vests prove it. These incidents are regrettable, and in a number of cases reprehensible. But the most significant violence is forcing millions of French to live in the conditions they live. This violence is intolerable, and it is for not having understood that this government and this president must now face such anger. This anger is not about to wane.
Moreover, this crisis is not without resemblance to that of May 1968. Of course, there are differences, and they are obvious. However, important similarities still exist.
The current movement began from “France périphérique” and won sympathies of the vast majority of Frenchmen. From the anti-tax claim (the tax on fuels), it evolved towards the claims of fiscal justice, then claims of purchasing power as the increase of the minimal income threshold up to 1300 euros and a serious revaluation of retirement benefits.
The clashes on November 24 and December 1 did not affect the Yellow Vests' popularity. Nearly 72% of Frenchmen support the Yellow Vests, and more than 90% condemn the attitude of the government, which, according to them, was not up to the events.
Today we are at the same time in an obvious social crisis, in a real political crisis, but we are also confronted with a representativity crisis of the elites which governed over us for ages. A political and economic solution is needed. But such a solution will only come if we break with the framework in which France has locked itself (and has been locked by its elites) for about twenty years.