France's yellow vests and the limits of more social spending

At the national level, support is dropping. More than half of French people now say they want the gilets jaunes - the yellow-jacketed protesters with a record of violence - to stop their demonstrations.

An even bigger majority - more than two-thirds - agree that the protesters who still block traffic circles and march through Paris every weekend are not the same people, with the same motivations, who began the protests last autumn.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2019, with the headline 'France's yellow vests and the limits of more social spending'. Print Edition | Subscribe