Anti-Macron protests turn vi­o­lent, ri­ot­ers clash with po­lice in Paris

Sunday Express - - WORLD - WHAT THE PROTEST IS ALL ABOUT HOW THE GOV­ERN­MENT HAS RE­SPONDED

The “yel­low vest” move­ment erupted on so­cial me­dia in Oc­to­ber and has since be­come a wider protest against Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, who is ac­cused of fail­ing to recog­nise the ris­ing costs of liv­ing that has left many strug­gling

The protests in­clude many pen­sion­ers and has been most ac­tive in small ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas where it has blocked roads, closed mo­tor­way toll booths, and even walled up the en­trance to tax of­fices At­tempts by the gov­ern­ment to ne­go­ti­ate with the move­ment have failed, in large part be­cause rep­re­sen­ta­tives have in­sisted on pub­lic talks broad­cast on TV

Macron has sought to douse the anger by promis­ing three months of na­tion­wide talks on how best to trans­form France into a low-car­bon econ­omy with­out pe­nal­is­ing the poor

AFP

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