The protests in France are extraordinary for their breadth of popular support among the people of France (roughly 75% at the last poll). And for their emotional intensity.
The people of France are pissed off.
This is exactly the sort of social unrest that will erupt more and more frequently around the world if the economic and political elites continue to behave as they have. Wealth and power have been stripped from the public and been concentrated into the hands of fewer and fewer people.
The imbalances are extreme and obscene. The elites, living in their own bubbles of exclusion, seem to be utterly clueless about the effects their actions are having on the psyches of the billions who outnumber them.
In other words, history is repeating itself.