France - Yellow and red vests march together for the first time - February 28, 2019

For the first time since the yellow vest movement started there has been joint protest march together with a part of the countries’ trade union movement. The country’s biggest trade union, the left-wing CGT, invited the yellow vest movement to join them in nationwide protest over taxes and purchasing power. In Marseille, Strasbourg, Saint-Nazaire, Montelimar, Toulouse, Rouen and Le Havre, thousands of red and yellow vests marched together in opposition to the government. Although the yellow vest movement and the trade unions share some concerns, such as unfair taxation and the lack of purchasing power, an intensified collaboration between the two movement doesn’t seem very likely. From the side of the yellow vest movement there’s a lot of scepticism towards official institutions, and trade unions are by many seen as a part of this institutions. A lot of trade union members, on the other hand, have problems with nationalistic or far right elements within the yellow vest movement.

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