VIOLENT protests have erupted once again in France with the ‘yellow vest’ movement demanding even more concessions from Emmanuel Macron. The demonstrations has seen further clashes with riot police and fires set off across the country as the French President battles to stay in office.
The gilets jaunes protestors have labelled the rally ‘Black Tuesday’ and are planning another demonstration this weekend taking it into a fourth successive weekend. Mr Macron had promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to the public outcry over rising fuel tax and cost of living. In a 12-minute TV address on Monday, he pledged a €100 (£90) per month increase in the minimum wage, taking it to €1498 (£1360).
Mr Macron said: “We are at a historic moment for our country.
“We will respond to the economic and social urgency with strong measures, by cutting taxes more rapidly, by keeping our spending under control, but not with U-turns.”
The defiant president also acknowledged the anger was not just directed at him but had built up for 40 years.
He added: “Their distress doesn’t date from yesterday. We have ended up getting used to it.
“These are 40 years of malaise that have come to the surface. Without doubt we haven’t been able to provide a response that was strong or quick enough.”
Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far-Left France Unbowed party demanded the President does more and insisted another march will go ahead.
He said: “Emmanuel Macron thought he could hand out some cash to calm the citizens’ insurrection that has erupted. I believe that Act Five will play out on Saturday.”
High-school and university students took to their knees with their hands on their head as they continued their strike over school and university reforms.