A Yellow Vest rerun? Anti-Macron protests could harden

March 18, 2023

French President Emmanuel Macron's move to force through his pension reform by short-circuiting parliament, unions and public opinion could rekindle social unrest reminiscent of the Yellow Vest movement, union leaders predict. "Yes, we are worried," Cyril Chabanier, the head of the moderate CFTC union, told AFP. Early Yellow Vest action was marked by strikes, weekly demonstrations, the blocking of roads and fuel depots, and the worst clashes with riot police in decades. The Yellow Vests prided themselves on having no designated leaders. Macron made a number of concessions to the Yellow Vest movement.