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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source ...

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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