What are the im­pli­ca­tions for Macron and France?

The Guardian Weekly - - Spotlight -

Macron has said he would never give in to street protests. But this week it ap­peared he may have done so by sus­pend­ing the fuel tax plans. Macron – whose own République En Marche was styled as a grass­roots move­ment – was sur­prised by this sud­den re­volt. He beat the far­right Ma­rine Le Pen in last year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, but dis­trust of politi­cians never went away. The ques­tion is whether he will now tweak his eco­nomic pol­icy, hith­erto de­fined by a drive for busi­nesses to be­come more com­pet­i­tive.

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