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Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:46 GMT

Christmas Gives the French Government a Break from “Yellow Vests” Protests


Mohamed Zerari

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 20:53 GMT

The French authorities are "vigilant" and show "determination" hoping to break from these protests for the occasion of Christmas and New Year.

"The government needs to be vigilant," the French presidency said in response to a question by AFP about possible concern over the wrath of the yellow vests protesters, which began on November 17 and remains in mind until it eased before the holidays.

"We always demand the same vigilance for the French to spend the holidays in good conditions," the statement said, adding that President Emmanuel Macron was "constantly watching" and will be "spending Christmas with his family on vacation for a few days to relax."

On December 10, the French president announced a series of measures to respond to the protest movement, in which modest Frenchmen have been mobilising for more than a month against the government's social and tax policy to calm anger.

He especially agreed to drop the tax on fuel and announced the abolition of the tax on overtime and increase the hundred euros per month for those who receive the minimum wage.

"We have announced a number of measures that will be implemented as of January 1, 2019." Prime Minister Edward Philippe said Monday.

"A broad debate will be organised so that all the French, including those who believe they have long been underrepresented and out of public debate, can express their aspirations," he said.