French PM closes 'Great debate' of citizens' grievances

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday announced the closure of the 12-million-euro series of nationwide consultations of citizens' grievances with government policies, held in town hall meetings and online and prompted by the so-called 'yellow vest' protest movement over falling living standards, when he defined the principal demands as being a broad lowering of taxes, a halt to the decline in public services in some regions, greater democratic consultation and more positive action over environmental concerns.

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French Prime Minsiter Edouard Philippe on Monday outlined the initial conclusions of the so-called Grand Débat, or great debate, a nationwide public consultation President Emmanuel Macron launched in January in response to the Yellow Vest protest movement, reports FRANCE 24.