France: President Macron Offers Concessions to Protesters in TV Address

HeadlineDec 11, 2018

In France, President Emmanuel Macron delivered a national address last night after four weeks of unrest and mass protests throughout the country organized by the movement known as the “yellow vests.” He proposed changes to taxation and minimum wage increases for low-wage earners.

President Emmanuel Macron: “I ask the government and Parliament to do what is necessary so one can live better on his work salary from the beginning of next year. The salary of a minimum wage earner will increase by 100 euros a month starting in 2019, with no extra costs to employers. … For those who get less than 2,000 euros each month, starting 2019, we will cancel the social security tax hike passed this year.”

Macron did not reimpose a tax on the wealthy, which many have called for.

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