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French President Comments on Yellow Vest Protests : December 1 and December 10, 2018
French President Comments on Yellow Vest Protests
Linda Grimm

Angered by a new fuel tax, hundreds of thousands of French drivers took to the streets in November 2018 to protest rising gas prices. The protests soon evolved into a national movement of working- and middle-class French who felt neglected by the economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron and demanded higher wages and a reduced cost of living. After weeks of protests and increasing pressure, the government abandoned the fuel tax and announced a minimum wage hike, among other economic policy changes. These concessions failed to appease protestors, who continued their weekly demonstrations as Macron traveled the country meeting ...

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