As Nuit Debout tries to go global, many are still wondering what exactly the movement stands for.
The nightly occupations of squares throughout France started as a protest of François Hollande’s reform of labor laws, but the Nuit Debout movement has developed into something that could be compared to Occupy Wall Street. Now, Nuit Debout protesters are encouraging other citizens throughout the world to stand with them and demand change.
“Something is happening here,” said Nuit Debout protester Frédéric Lordon. “What? Politics, in the highest sense of the term.”
This, like most direct responses portrayed in the video, is dissatisfyingly vague. However, the video is still worth watching for the sense of community. Multiple generations are shown on the streets together, singing, cooking, creating art and making connections. Most of all, it shows that if there’s anything the French are historically good at, it’s hitting the streets in protest.