French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the people of France Monday; urging employers to pay out big bonuses and increase wages as the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests continue to rock the nation.
“I would ask all employers who can, pay an end-of-year bonus to their employees,” said Macron. “When violence is unleashed, freedom stops.”
“Among his pledges Monday, Macron reiterated his promises to raise the minimum wage and abolish taxes on overtime pay starting Jan. 1 — several months ahead of schedule. He also said a tax hike pensioners faced would be scrapped,” writes Fox News.
Macron has faced calls to resign from across the political spectrum over his inability to clampdown on the nationwide protests; a demonstration that morphed from anti-fuel tax demonstrations to a larger anti-Macron movement.
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MACRON SURRENDERS: France Moves to Permanently ‘Abandon’ Climate Tax After Protests
French President Emmanuel Macron officially “abandoned” his proposed “fuel tax” Wednesday; with government officials confirming the leader rescinded the tariff after widespread protests.
His Prime Minister told reporters the “tax is now abandoned,” adding the administration is “ready for dialogue” to avoid future violence surrounding the policy.
“One of the activists leading France’s protest movement says that he fears more deaths if Saturday’s demonstration goes ahead, and called for President Emmanuel Macron to speak out and bring calm,” writes ABC News. “French President Emmanuel Macron has scrapped a fuel tax rise amid fears of new violence, after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades.”
“If not there will be chaos,” added another protester before learning of Macron’s reversal.
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MACRON’S MESS: French President’s Approval PLUNGES to 26% in New Polls
French President Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating plunged in recent polling; raising serious questions over the leader’s political future after a series of mass protests against high unemployment and rising gas prices.
According to Politico, the new survey has Macron at a dismal 26% approval rating among the French people; the lowest levels seen at similar times for his predecessors.
“The survey by pollster BVA found only 26 percent of French people have a favorable opinion of Macron. That’s a drop of three points from last month, putting Macron’s rating 19 months into his presidency below those of his immediate predecessor François Hollande (48 percent) and ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy (29 percent) at the same stage of their terms of office,” writes Politico.
“We have received the message from the citizens. It invites us to go further. In order for the ecological transition, which is necessary, not to be socially unacceptable, it must be fair, equitable and democratic. We must therefore mobilize all those who will make it acceptable, so as not to leave anyone behind,” said a statement from Macron’s advisors late last week.
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