National Assembly deputy Hervé Berville was born a Rwandan Tutsi and was four years old when French soldiers took him from an orphanage in Kigali, leading to adoption by his French family. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

There is much that is typically Breton about Hervé Berville: his first name, the fact he learned to play the accordion as a child. His grandfather (97(...)

A man with a skateboard passes by a mural by street artist PBOY depicting yellow vest protesters inspired by the ‘La Liberte guidant le Peuple’ painting in Paris on January 8th Photograph: Philippe Lopez/ AFP/Getty

“Death to the bourgeois state,” says graffiti left by gilets jaunes rioters next to a friend’s front door. My apartment looks on to the government min(...)

Demonstrators  on the French overseas island of La Reunion on Monday demonstrate as part of the gilets jaunes (yellow vest)  movement to protest against fuel prices.  Photograph: Richard Bouhet/AFP/Getty Images

Protest movements in France invariably carry echoes of class warfare and the 1789 revolution. The yellow-jacketed gilets jaunes, who managed to mobili(...)