'We just cannot afford to drive'

The gilets jaunes movement was organised through social media and fuelled by YouTube videos so it is difficult to identify leaders or official spokespeople.

One who did emerge was Thierry Paul Valette, founder of the Égalité Nationale movement which fights corruption in public life. “All we want is an immediate drop in taxes at the pumps,” he said.

“The French feel they are being taxed and taxed and taxed, ...

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