How Macron responds to the protest group could well determine the shape of French politics in 2019 — and for years to come.

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A protester wearing a yellow vest holds a French flag as he walks among tear gas on the Champs-Elysees Avenue near the Arc de Triomphe during a national day of protest by the “yellow vests” movement in Paris, France, December 8, 2018.Reuters

  • In late 2018, France’s “Yellow Vest” protesters torched cars, fought police, and defaced monuments in a fury at the government, led by President Emmanuel Macron.
  • Business Insider spoke with members, almost all of whom said that, despite anger toward Macron, ousting him would not help.
  • The most likely successor to Macron would be Marine Le Pen, a far-right figure whom he beat in an election in 2017.
  • The protesters say they want to be heard by elites, and are calling for a system of direct democracy.
  • The group claimed victory on December 10 by forcing Macron to scrap an incoming tax on diesel, and getting a 6% hike…

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