Towards the final days of 2019 in France, 800,000 people marched in cities across the country, railway workers, teachers, students, hospital workers, etc., held one of the biggest public-sector strikes seen in decades. Beginning as a rejection of against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to overhaul the pension system, the protest quickly mushroomed to embrace a broad diversity of progressive issues.


A transport strike brought the country to a standstill, canceled flights, closed schools, teargas used with frequency against protesters dressed entirely in black, the scenes that closed the year in images for France, in particular, and the UK. Less so in other European nations; yet, protest seems in the air in Europe and catching on as each day passes.