Macron to speak to France amid mounting protest violence

Macron to speak to France amid mounting protest violence

"I know some of you have been hurt by my words".

Richard Ferrand, the head of the National Assembly and one of Macron's closest allies, said the president would "give us some short-term answers along with his views on how to rebuild a new French model".

He said that the protests by mostly low-income people in rural France were the result of long-term problems.

"I ask the government and parliament to do what is necessary".

"These are 40 years of malaise that have come to the surface", he added.

Secretary general of the moderate workers union CFDT Laurent Berger said "we had no answer" about the president's declaration.

Le Parisien newspaper hailed the speech as Macron's "moment of truth" on its cover Monday, warning that if he failed to appease the anger, "France will enter a risky period of political instability".

Elected in May 2017 on a promise to revitalise the sluggish French economy, Macronhad voted not to be swayed by street protests.

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On Saturday, protesters, for the fourth weekend in a row, threw stones, torched cars and vandalised shops and restaurants in a protest against Macron's economic policies.

At first Macron's government stood firm on its planned further fuel tax increases, which were due to start in January 2019. On Monday, he said they'll knock about 0.1 percentage points off growth this quarter.The sudden slowdown is another warning sign for the European Central Bank when it meets Thursday to discuss new economic projections and how it will begin to withdraw stimulus. The protests throughout the country boiled into riots with clashes and police using tear gas.

"We can't recover this", the finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, said on RTL radio.

On November 17, around 20,000 protestors dressed in fluorescent high-vis jackets blocked highways across France with convoys of slow-moving trucks and burning barricades.

French police arrest a man during a Yellow Vests demonstration in Paris.

Speaking in a televised address, Mr Macron condemned the violence but said the protesters' anger was "deep, and in many ways legitimate".

Mr Macron, a former banker, has previously been criticised for being out of touch and not listening to the struggles of ordinary people.

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