France is experiencing social unrest it has not experienced generations. The country famous its revolutions and protests has been rocked a series of nationwide, violent demonstrations. Hundreds thousands of people have taken to the streets the past four weekends and have brought chaos to businesses, transport and the French economy. The protests are being led the Yellow Vests Movement, so called because protestors don high-visibility yellow jackets usually worn the emergency services. The protests are motivated rising fuel prices, the high cost living, and claims that an unequal burden new tax reforms were falling the working and middle classes.
France's President Emmanuel Macron has declared "a state social and economic emergency". The violence has caused a billion dollars damages so far. This figure is set to rise as more demos are planned. Paris has suffered the brunt the protests and authorities are closing famous sites like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. To quell public anger, Mr Macron has promised to cancel his proposed rise fuel prices, deliver tax relief the poor and cancel a tax retired people. He called the havoc and mayhem to end and calm and order to return. He said: "No anger justifies attacking a police officer...or damaging a shop or public building. When violence is unleashed, freedom ends.