Will gilets jaunes form a political party?

Could the gilets jaunes form a political party to contest this year’s European elections?

They have so far been associated mostly with road blockages and street protests, but Hayk Shahinyan, a prominent figure in the movement in the Seine-Maritime area, has announced: “We’re getting organised – we’re going to present a list in the European elections.”

If they did, they could win as much as 12% of the vote, behind an En Marche/MoDem list with 21%, according to an Ipsos poll for Le Journal du Dimanche.

That could put them in the running for second place. In comparison, green party EELV won 9% and six seats in 2014; the Socialists won 14% and 13 seats.

Commentators say they could become ...

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