Yellow Vests [Gilets Jaunes]: A Contemporary Snapshot of the Meaning of Signs

ABSTRACT: This essay presents the Yellow Vests [Gilets jaunes] movement that emerged in France in summer 2018, as a citizen initiative instrumental in the social contestations, the strikes, and the street demonstrations, which are currently growing in the country in opposition to the new economic plan. To protest the destruction of worker’s rights and the imposition of higher taxes on the people, but lower on the investors—what the demonstrators call “Macronie” (a capitalist oligarchic authoritative system, named after the president)—, they have flashed yellow safety vests as a sign of emergency and of dissent.