Having bowed to the demands of large-scale, nationwide anti-government protests, French president Emmanuel Macron is facing trouble on another front. Left wing MP’s have tabled a motion of no confidence in his government with the vote to take place later on Thursday.
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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced billions of euros worth of financial relief to low earners and pensioners in a bid to calm the “yellow vest” crisis. But some protesters are still manning their roadside barricades and say the measures are not enough.
After a fourth weekend of violent protest, French president Emmanuel Macron has desperately tried to appease those who say his policies are making them poorer.
In a televised address designed to take the heat out of the largest mass protest to hit France since the student uprising of 1968, Macron said the minimum wage would be raised and taxes on pensioners cut.
The Gilets Jaunes movement, named after the yellow high visibility vests worn by its members, staged demonstrations in most major cities in France over the weekend. More than 1,700 people were arrested. One of the demonstrations took place in the industrial city of Le Mans, southwest of Paris. At its peak, the Le Mans protest involved 300 people.
VICE News spoke to Peter Pilon, a factory worker manning a barricade made from tires and wooden shipping pallets, built to prevent a company that distributes gasoline and diesel from operating.
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Calls mount for President Emmanuel Macron to bring an end to the “yellow vest” crisis gripping France as authorities in Paris and elsewhere count the cost of another day of violent protests and looting.
Firefighters try to extinguish scooters and cars on fire in Prony street, near Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, as Paris is hit by violence for the latest “yellow vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES
A car is set on fire on Saturday on Hoche avenue, close to Champs-Elysées avenue, as Paris was hit by violence in the latest demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES
“Yellow vest” protesters on the famous Champs-Elysees boulevard in Paris insist they will not give up demonstrating against French President Emmanuel Macron, as police fire tear gas and arrest hundreds of people in the capital.
A Starbucks coffee shop in central Paris was attacked on Saturday and its furniture burned as riot police clashed with “yellow vest” demonstrators in the latest demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES
Protesters attack an Orange telecom store on the Champs-Elysées avenue, as the French capital went on lockdown for the latest “yellow vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron IMAGES
A barricade was on fire Saturday in central Paris as the French capital went on lockdown for the latest “yellow vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES