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    • Macron responds to Yellow Vest protests with reforms

      Macron responds to Yellow Vest protests with reforms

      French President Emmanuel Macron promised significant tax cuts but also urged for a return to public order in France, as he revealed on Thursday his long-awaited response to nearly half a year of street protests. In his headline announcement, Macron vowed to "significantly" reduce income tax for workers in France, while defending his controversial decision to scrap a wealth tax early in his term, news wires reported.

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    • Macron signs controversial French 'anti-rioters' bill into law

      Macron signs controversial French 'anti-rioters' bill into law

      French President Emmanuel Macron has signed into law legislation giving security forces greater powers at demonstrations that opponents claim violates civil liberties.The bill, which was approved by lawmakers in February, aims to crack down on violence that has marred the "yellow vest" protest movement, which has rocked France since erupting in November.

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    • Clashes mark France's yellow vests regular Saturday protest

      Clashes mark France's yellow vests regular Saturday protest

      French police fired tear gas and arrested dozens on Saturday in clashes with yellow vest movement protesters as they threw cobblestones at riot police in front of Paris’ Arc de Triumph monument, news wires reported. Bonfires were started in nearby streets, with at least one car put in flames. The yellow vests seek to inject new impetus into the four-month old revolt against President Emmanuel Macron and his pro-business reforms.

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    • Polls: Majority of French want yellow vests to end protests

      Polls: Majority of French want yellow vests to end protests

      A new opinion poll in France has confirmed that the public have turned against the yellow vests with the majority of the French people now wanting the protesters to end their movement, news wires reported. While so far polls have repeatedly shown the public overwhelmingly backed movement, a new poll on Sunday for France Inter radio and L'Express magazine revealed that 55% of French people now want the yellow vests to end their weekly protests.

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    • France recalls ambassador to Rome over Di Maio meeting with Yellow Vests

      France recalls ambassador to Rome over Di Maio meeting with Yellow Vests

      France has recalled its ambassador to Rome, Christian Masset, for consultations, news wires reported on Thursday. The French Foreign ministry said the move was related to "groundless attacks by Italy without precedent since the end of the war" and "outrageous statements" by the Italian government. "Disagreeing is one thing, exploiting relations for electoral ends is another," the ministry added.

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    • French 'yellow vests' defy again Macron

      French 'yellow vests' defy again Macron

      Thousands of “yellow vest” protesters marched in Paris and other French cities on Saturday in protests that brought several clashes with police and suggested that President Emmanuel Macron has a lot more to do in order to defuse public discontent. On the 11th consecutive weekend of action against the government, 69,000 people took to the streets, including 4,000 in Paris, the interior ministry said, down from an estimated 84,000 demonstrators across the country last Saturday.

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    • France's yellow vest  movement eyes EP vote

      France's yellow vest movement eyes EP vote

      France's anti-government “yellow vest” protesters are going to put forward a list of candidates to run in European Parliament elections, it was announced last Wednesday. “The citizen movement … has shown the need to transform the anger into a political project capable of giving answers to the French people who have supported it,” the loosely grouped movement said in a statement.

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    • 'Yellow vest' protests: fewer demonstrators, less violence

      'Yellow vest' protests: fewer demonstrators, less violence

      The 'gilets jaunes' (yellow vest) protesters took to the streets in France on Saturday, for the fifth week of protests that have brought Paris and other cities to a standstill, but the number of demonstrators this time was significantly smaller than in previous weekends. There were 33,500 protesters in France - 2,200 in Paris, particularly - as of Saturday afternoon. At the same time last Saturday, they were 77,000 total across the whole country and 10,000 in its capital.

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