Posts tagged as gilets jaunes

‘Gilets jaunes’: Five takeaways from Macron’s address

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation amid criticism that he has failed to act over the crisis sparked by his economic reforms. Here are the key takeaways from his speech. ‘I take my share of responsibility for this’ In the long-awaited speech, Macron said protesters’ anger and indignation was “deep, and in many ways legitimate” but “no anger justifies attacking a police officer, a gendarme or damaging a shop…

France to deploy 65,000 security personnel for next ‘gilets jaunes’ protest

Thursday, December 6, 2018

France will deploy 65,000 security personnel on Saturday for more protests from the ‘gilets jaunes’ (‘yellow vest’) movement. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe told French senators on Thursday that ‘exceptional measures’ were being put in place for the demonstrations. France has been rocked by consecutive weekends of demonstrations from the ‘gilets jaunes’ protesters. The movement began online over moves to raise a fuel tax but have since snowballed into anger over…