Democracy Works: Yellow Vests And The "Grand Debate" In France

Feb 25, 2019

Cole Stangler

This episode is the second in our series looking at democracy around the world. France is the focus this week, and our guest is Cole Stangler, an independent journalist based in Paris.

The yellow vest movement, named for the safety vest that all drivers are required to carry in their cars, began in lat 2018 over rising gas prices. The movement succeeded in having the gas tax repealed, but the protestors still took to the streets around the country every weekend. Why? Like a lot of social movements, it's complicated.

Cole has been on the ground covering the movement and joins to discuss its origins, the reaction from President Emmanuel Macron, and where things might go from here.

Next week, we'll focus on Brazil for a discussion about the appeal of Jair Bolsonaro, who has been called Brazil's Donald Trump.