Demonstrations and Strikes

Manifestations et grèves
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Manifestations et grèves

For better or for worse, demonstrations and strikes are an important part of French society. Here’s some vocabulary to help you understand the news as well as links at the end to further information.

un blocage blocking (a road, bridge, etc)
un canon Ă  eau water cannon
un casseur vandal
une contestation dispute, contention, protest
un drapeau flag
une Ă©meute riot
un Ă©meutier
une émeutière
 rioter
un Ă©tendard banner
s’Ă©tendre to spread
ĂŞtre en grève to be on strike
faire grève to strike, go on strike
une fronde revolt, insurrection
le gaz lacrymogène tear gas
une grève strike
un gréviste
une gréviste
 striker
une insurrection insurrection, uprising
une manifestation
une manif
 demonstration
(informal apocope)
un manifestant
une manifestante
 demonstrator
manifester to demonstrate
se mettre en grève to go on strike
une mire target, aim
un mouvement movement
un mouvement social social movement
une opĂ©ration escargot rolling blockage
une pancarte placard
une protestation protest
provoquer to provoke, cause
un rassemblement gathering
les rĂ©seaux sociaux social networks
rĂ©volter to revolt
une revendication claim, demand
une rĂ©volution revolution
un soulèvement uprising
soutenir to support
tirer sur to shoot at
saccager vandalize
vandaliser vandalize
la violence violence

Quelques mouvements importants

Gilets jaunes – literally, “yellow vests"

Inspired by Gilets jaunes

  • Foulards rouges – literally, "red scarves." Apolitical, pro-RĂ©publique group that sought a return to normalcy.
  • Stylos rouges – literally, "red pens." Un groupe de profs en colère.

Mai 68 – student and popular uprising that shaped French culture and politics

Violence policière – protests against police violence

Le Quatorze Juillet – Bastille Day

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