yellow art

The Gilets Jaunes uprising in France has been very little, and often very badly, reported in the English-speaking world. Too many people outside France don’t understand what has been happening in France since November 17 2018, what the revolt is about and what exactly is at stake. Here, we have tried to help fill that gap by sharing a series of analyses, reports and translations. 

yellow art

Mont1066

“We’re still here because we have to keep on fighting”. Paul Cudenec of Shoal Collective reports from the first anniversary Gilets Jaunes protest in Montpellier.

yellow art

GJ streets2

How to take back our streets: lessons from 10 months of resistance in France. Translation of article by Cerveaux Non Disponibles.

yellow art

tout autour du rond point

Some songs from the Gilets Jaunes movement, compiled on the Tridni Valka site.

yellow art

St Jean protest

Crushing freedom in Saint Jean du Gard. To understand the extent to which an authoritarian cancer has riddled French society from top to bottom, it is instructive to look at what has been happening in recent weeks in a little southern village.

yellow art

lemurjaune

Le mur jaune. Website featuring photos and reports on hundreds of individuals who have been injured by the French state since the beginning of the Gilets Jaunes revolt.

yellow art

GJdos4

Plein le dos. Huge and impressive gallery of photos showing the varied messages on the backs of Yellow Vests from every weekend of the Gilets Jaunes revolt. A contributive and non-profit project.

yellow art

GJrevol

The significance of the Gilets Jaunes. Gabriel Rockhill on how the movement has revealed, yet again, the extent to which liberalism and authoritarian fascism are not opposites but rather function in tandem as modes of capitalist governance. One of 15 short commentaries on the Yellow Vests published on the State of Nature site.

yellow art

GJjimicullen

‘We Will Rise’ – official video for musical tribute to French Yellow Vests by Irish singer-songwriter Jimi Cullen.

yellow art

GJlawyer

Video: Macron’s Assault on the French People. English-language interview with Gilet Jaune video blogger and lawyer Georgia Pouliquen.

yellow art

KPFA70thLogo

Audio: Yellow Vest Realities and Reactions. Gabriel Rockhill describes and assesses the Yellow Vests movement, the Macron regime’s reaction to it, and the French intelligentsia’s opinions of it.

yellow art

gilet jaune

Don’t vote, let’s struggle! Statement on the European elections by the Gilets Jaunes collective of Rungis, Île-de-France. Posted on libcom.org

yellow art

GJVerso

We accuse. An open letter, signed by more than 25,000 university academics, demanding an acknowledgement of the Gilets Jaunes movement’s demands, the resignation of the Interior Minister, and public inquiries into the violent repression that has swept France. English translation on the Verso Books site.

yellow art

France deploys ‘fake news’ against the Gilets Jaunes – and fails. With barbaric levels of police brutality failing to quell the rebellion, Macron’s neoliberal government have resorted to preposterous smears. Report in The Morning Star by Paul Cudenec of Shoal Collective.

yellow art

Open letter from an imprisoned Yellow Vest. “It’s the most beautiful and strongest movement I’ve ever seen. I threw my body and soul at it, without hesitation” writes Thomas P, who has been locked up for three months by the French state. From the Comité de Soutien à Thomas P.

yellow art

yellow-green1

Green and yellow: our common struggle against liberal-fascism. Translation of an important piece on the French lundi matin website. Radical ecologists call for a convergence with the Gilets Jaunes in the struggle against the neoliberal system which is destroying the living planet.

yellow art

Mont1.jpg

“This is a turning point in history!” Paul Cudenec, part of the Shoal Collective, talks to some of the Yellow Vests taking part in a huge protest in Montpellier, southern France, on Saturday April 13.

yellow art

GJwhatviolence

The Gilets Jaunes: what violence? “The political act, as opposed to voting, is when people invite themselves in and break into an institutional game determined by power”. Article on the Enough is Enough Site, originally published by Paris Luttes Info. Translated by Autonomies.

yellow art

stnaz1

Call of the assemblies of assemblies at Saint-Nazaire. A translation by yellowvests.wtf of the statement issued on April 7 2019 following the weekend gathering of 800 Gilets Jaunes delegates from across France. This is now submitted for adoption by votes of the local assemblies.

yellow art

genevieve

Police brutality in Nice. On March 23, protester Geneviève Legay was brutally thrown to the ground by police in Nice, suffering severe injuries. This press release from the Maritime Alps Yellow Vests, originally posted on Facebook by Gilet Jaune Priscillia Ludosky, was translated by comrades at yellowvests.wtf

yellow art

Ales roadblock2 - Copie

Roadblock! A Shoal Collective report from south-east France, where Gilets Jaunes blocked a main road on a national day of action against the Macron regime.

yellow art

parisisours

Paris is Ours! A report on the astonishing scenes in the French capital on March 16, when the Champs Elysées, symbol of elite wealth, was taken over for the day by the Gilets Jaunes. Originally published in French on the ACTA site. English version first published by ill will, translated by Inhabit and republished here by our comrades at Enough is Enough.

yellow art

Acte18

18 weeks of Gilets Jaunes protests in France: ‘the levels of repression are unimagineable’. Eliza Egret of Shoal Collective writes about Act 18 of the Yellow Vest uprising in Paris, in a report for The Canary.

yellow art

Dions832

The sunshine revolution. Paul Cudenec of Shoal Collective joins 3,000 Gilets Jaunes for an open air screening of J’veux du soleil, a new film about the movement.

yellow art

voices14

Yellow Voices. A collection of up-to-date translations from the Gilets Jaunes movement in Winter Oak’s Acorn bulletin, showing the revolutionary nature of the uprising.

yellow art

Ultimatum

Ultimatum. A Winter Oak translation of an article from Lundi matin, a website close to the Invisible Committee.

yellow art

Giletsjaunestime

The Gilets Jaunes: a question of time. Reflection from the Enough is Enough site on the re-appropriation of time as revolution within the Yellow Vests insurrection.

yellow art

Ales802e - Copie

Tear gas and rubber bullets on the streets of southern France. Paul Cudenec of Shoal Collective provides an eye-witness report from Act 16.

yellow art

gilets-jaunesstate

Gilets Jaunes: Creative violence against state brutality. How long has it been since the ruling classes (of a “developed” country) have feared their poor? Article on the Enough is Enough site originally published by Autonomies.

yellow art

x-yellow

Yellow is the new bloc. A news round-up of Act 10 of the Gilets Jaunes protests across the whole of France. From The Acorn.

yellow art

yellow letter

May our yellow sparks of revolt set the world ablaze in 2019! A Winter Oak translation of a New Year Yellow Letter distributed on the occupied roundabouts and on social media.

yellow art

nimes89 - Copie

“Police everywhere, justice nowhere!” – Gilets Jaunes on the streets of Nîmes. Paul Cudenec of Shoal Collective reports from Nîmes on December 29 and finds that a deeply-rooted belief in social justice lies behind the Gilets Jaunes protests.

yellow art

StHipp39small-678x381

Gilets Jaunes: unfiltered anti-capitalism. Reflecting on the first two months of conflict, and comparing the Gilets Jaunes with the Extinction Rebels, Paul Cudenec concludes that the movements are part of the same global popular uprising against the industrial capitalist system.

yellow art

GJ xmas

Christmas with the gilets jaunes. A report which steps away from the front lines of protest to discover the community spirit behind Yellow Vest culture. Written by Paul Cudenec of Shoal Collective for Red Pepper.

yellow art

sthipprondpoint

The heartbeat of the yellow jacket revolt is rural. The Gilets Jaunes movement is a revolt of the impoverished countryside, reports Paul Cudenec of Shoal Collective, in an interview with local rebels published in The Morning Star.

yellow art

D8paris2

Yellow fever: long live the revolutionary mob! We argue that anarchists and anti-capitalists worldwide should get behind the Gilets Jaunes revolt. Published on December 9 2018.

yellow art

reunion

You could see the embers smouldering. The Gilets Jaunes revolt spread to French overseas territories, such as the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. This article in Fumigène magazine was translated by comrades at yellowvests.wtf

yellow art

gj1

France on the brink: either we topple the system or it will crush us. A Winter Oak translation of an important article on the Gilets Jaunes insurrection from the lundi.am website.

yellow art

HOME