As their fight against rising fuel prices draws on, the Yellow Vest protestors are moving to larger and stronger ways of showing their anger at the french government. Only days ago, it’s been reported that 60% of the speed camera network in France has been sabotaged, vandalised, and destroyed.
It was only last year France decided to tackle speeding and dangerous drivers with an onslaught of new cameras and anti-speeding devices after those who were being injured and killed by bad driving increased drastically.
Over 3,200 cameras have been “neutralised, attacked, or destroyed” by members of the Yellow Vests claims Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner. The increased price of fuel and therefore commuting angered the protestors further after tight speed sanctions had been placed on a lot of major roads across France. In a lot of areas, the speed limit was reduced from 90km/h to 80km/h, which is around 50mph.
According to the Yellow Vests, they believe that the cameras have only been put in place to increase fines, and therefore increase the price of driving even further – especially damaging to those with little money to spare.
Many have praised the Yellow Vests, or Gilets Jaunes as they are called in France, for for their work in standing up to the government and using this time to make a change. However some have expressed anger at how innocent bystanders have had their property damaged from uncontrollable rioting.