Big data big debate: How to handle 5 million plus verbatims in just two weeks?

OpinionWay, an institute for studies, marketing, communication and opinion polls, analysed the data collected on the online platform granddebat.fr, which allows French citizens to speak to their local mayors about their concerns.

Since the beginning of November 2018 and the start of the Yellow Vestprotests, France has experienced a three-fold unprecedented social movement. This mobilisation took place outside any existing organisational framework (i.e. trade unions, political November 2018, until the European elections in 2019. Last but not least, the multiplicity of channels of expression it used were unknown in France: social networks, the displaying of yellow vests on car windshields, recurring weekly demonstrations, attempts to form a list for the upcoming European elections and so on.

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