Troyes/London — Next to a roundabout on the outskirts of Troyes, 150km southeast of Paris, Sophie surveys the damp tent where she has spent much of the past two weeks. Wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket that marks her as one of the so-called gilets jaunes protesters against President Emmanuel Macron, she gestures at a table where well-wishers have brought fruit, bread and even smoked salmon. “We have more to eat here than at home,” she says, her voice barely audible over the din of passing cars and trucks tooting their horns in solidarity. The 25-year-old waitress and thousands of other French men and women are threatening to bring the Macron government to its knees. What began barely two months ago as an online campaign against surging fuel costs has morphed into a nationwide social movement against high taxes, declining living standards, a self-serving political elite and a president deemed arrogant and out of touch. Worryingly for Macron, surveys by Elabe and Harris Interactive ...

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