French President Emmanuel Macron in response to the ongoing protests for more than five months, “yellow vests” promised to reduce taxes and provide assistance to pensioners. Taxes will be significantly reduced, he announced, with a televised address to the people following a two-month national debate. Macron, however, warned that he would not turn away from the path of reform.
The President also said that in 2020, the issue of returning the property tax, which his government has virtually abolished, will be considered. Participants in social protests accuse Macron that he is the “President of the rich.”
It will be easier to hold referendums
As another measure, macron promised to facilitate referendums, warning, however, that legally binding polls on the Swiss model “would question representative democracy.”
The President also announced his intention to abandon the planned closure of schools and hospitals in the province until the end of his term as head of state in 2022.
Stressing the lack of alternatives to the course of reforms, Emmanuel macron admitted that the protesters put forward reasonable demands. The feeling of “injustice” and “neglect” of the needs of people is widespread in the country, he stated, admitting that at times he himself acted unfairly, which he now regrets.
Back in December, macron in response to a wave of social protests announced a program of measures worth 10 billion euros. Among other things, it provided for an increase in the minimum wage and financial assistance to pensioners.