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France’s far-right are poised to capitalise on the gilets jaunes—and the police response isn’t helping

Images of apparent police brutality are fanning the flames of radicalisation as the movement spreads. As armoured vehicles are deployed in Paris, things could heat up further

By Cécile Guerin  

The gilets jaunes protests have radicalised in recent days—now, images of police brutality could fan the flames of the movement. 

In recent weeks, France has experienced its worst urban riots since 1968. The “yellow vest” (gilets jaunes) movement—named after the high visibility jackets that French drivers are required to have in their cars—has been blocking roads across the country and escalated from being an anti-tax movement into a broader outburst of popular anger against…

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