Several protests are ongoing in France, including an almost year long movement by yellow jacket demonstrators.
In addition to Dutch farmers, French farmers are also angry with their country’s agricultural policy. Farmers held a second mass demonstration on Tuesday, following an October 8 demonstration that filled major French highways with over 10,000 protesters.
Farmers are just one of several groups protesting the French government’s policies. After 48 consecutive weeks of protests by the “yellow vest” (gilets jaunes) demonstrators, the protests show no signs of slowing down. During the Global Climate Strike in September, which drew tens of thousands of demonstrators in Paris, “yellow vest” protesters (and their anarchist counterparts, the “black bloc” protesters) turned violent, and were met with around 7,500 police to control them.
The protests, which were sparked by rising fuel taxes, have since spread to smaller cities, like the southwestern city of Toulouse.
Yellow vest demonstrators are nearing a continuous year of protest, and reportedly expect a large turnout on November 17, the movement’s anniversary.
Firefighters in Paris also took to the streets last week to protest working conditions, and were met with tear gas from French police. Reuters reported that firefighters — who are asking for better pay and benefits, as well as professional respect — also faced off against riot police.
The firefighters follow the thousands of Paris police officers that held demonstrations of their own earlier in the month. They protested over the wake of the rising suicide rate among French officers, which many attribute to the strain of containing the “yellow vest” protests for weeks on end. In 2018, 35 officers committed suicide in France. In 2019 so far, that number grew to 49.