PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 15: Clashes between the police and the Yellow Vests at Opera, on December 15, 2018 in Paris, France. The protesters gathered in Paris for a 5th weekend despite President Emmanuel Macron's recent attempts at policy concessions, such as a rise in the minimum wage and cancellation of new fuel taxes. But the 'Yellow Vest' movement, which has attracted malcontents from across France's political spectrum, has shown little sign of slowing down. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)

Yellow Vests Protests


Photojournalist Veronique de Viguerie is more likely to have her camera focused on guerilla fighters and snipers, than the picturesque façade of Paris. But when riot police took to the streets of the French capital, where she currently lives, she brought a war photographer’s eye to the battle raging over economic disparity. Police deployed armoured vehicles, smoke bombs and water cannons to counteract the so-called “Yellow Vests Movement,” which has been protesting the high cost of living and what they see as an undue tax burden on working- and middle-class citizens. The movement is starting to spread to other parts of Europe, as well as to Canada. Below are selections of her photos from the tumultuous protests this month along the Champs-Élysées.