MACRON PLEADS FOR CALM

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD -

PARIS: French Pres­i­dent Emanuel Macron pleaded for calm as au­thor­i­ties pre­pared to de­ploy ar­moured ve­hi­cles and thou­sands of se­cu­rity forces for a pos­si­ble fifth straight week­end of vi­o­lent protests on the streets of Paris.

The “yel­low vest” ral­lies, which be­gan last month to protest at an in­crease in fuel taxes, has mor­phed into an ex­pres­sion of rage about the high cost of liv­ing in France.

“Our coun­try needs calm. It needs or­der. It needs to func­tion nor­mally again,” Macron said in Brus­sels, where he at­tended an EU sum­mit.

Mr Macron has ac­knowl­edged dur­ing pub­lic com­ments this week that he was par­tially re­spon­si­ble for the anger.

He has an­nounced mea­sures to lift work­ers’ spend­ing power but so far has re­fused to re­in­state a wealth tax that was lifted to spur in­vest­ment.

A demon­stra­tor throws tear gas dur­ing a protest by France’s "yel­low vests"Pic­ture: AFP

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