Nuit Debout A French Spring

The social media-driven movement Nuit Debout (or Standing Night) have taken to the streets in more than 30 cities in France. Workers and students are protesting against the French government’s decision to start examining the contested labour law reforms that make it easier for employers to sack workers.

Nuit debout (loosely “rise up at night”) began on 31 March with a twilight sit-in in Paris after the latest street demonstrations by students and unions critical of President François Hollande’s proposed changes to labour laws.

Participants have since held debates in the public spaces on everything from the dominance of Google to tax evasion or inequality on housing estates and have focussed on the recent Panama Papers revelations.