#25 – What do the Yellow Vests Want? w/ Katy Lee
Katy Lee from Agence France-Presse joins me to discuss the yellow vest movement. She's a reporter living in Paris who has first-hand experience covering these protests.
The movement began as a response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s increase in the gas tax. But is has grown far beyond that. Rather than a protest against climate change, Katy explains the yellow vests are fundamentally a response to growing inequality and austerity that have disproportionately targeted the poor and middle class. It’s not a revolt against government, rather a revolt against government inaction.
We talk about how the yellow vests started, their demands, breaking down misconceptions and examine how France’s political actors are responding.