France Retirement Age Protests Have Spilled Over Into Animal Crossing: New Horizons

An Animal Crossing: New Horizons player is showing solidarity with the ongoing protests in France with a custom in-game creation. Protests have erupted in France following an executive decree from President Emmanuel Macron raising the country’s retirement age by two years, from 62 to 64. Macron did so without the involvement of France’s parliament, which failed to pass a no-confidence vote in Macron’s government. Protests have only increased since, now reaching the humble homes of Animal Crossing: New Horizons players.


As the weekend began in France, protests in the country reached their largest size yet. Officials claimed over 1.1 million protestors have taken to the streets, though French unions claim as many as 3.5 million French protestors are involved. The protests aren’t focused solely on Macron’s decision to raise France’s retirement age, but also on his executive right to issue decrees without a vote. Macron has dismissed criticism and is refusing to backtrack, calling the decree a “necessity.”

While so many in France have taken to the streets to show their anger at Macron’s decision and parliament’s inability to act since, those unable to physically join the protests are finding alternatives. Reddit user Majhinell recently made a post on the Animal Crossing France subreddit showing their in-game Animal Crossing: New Horizons protest. Their post encourages other players to gather in protest in front of Tom Nook’s shop.

The custom Animal Crossing: New Horizons creation features 8 players wearing protective gear including bright red vests and La CGT hats for the General Confederation of Labour trade union. The 8 have taken to the street and are shouting protest slogans, including, “Support the strikers!” “WE ARE HERE!” and more. The group is shouting and angry, and there are even campfires on the ground representing the growing anger and violence of the protests.

All in all, an Animal Crossing: New Horizons protest isn’t likely to prompt a response like in-person protests might, but it’s still a proactive thing to do. Showing solidarity with protests, drawing attention to what’s happening in France, and encouraging others to participate all contribute to the cause. Plus, it’s accessible to those who may not have the opportunity or means to join a protest physically.

Few likely ever considered Animal Crossing: New Horizons would become the next home of political protest. It just goes to show how the Animal Crossing: New Horizons platform allows for an incredible amount of creativity, and how its new social features contribute to that. The group that made the protest image is encouraging others to join its Discord to participate.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now on Nintendo Switch.

Source: Gamerant

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