Macron launches national debate prompted by 'yellow vest' protests

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In an open letter published in the French press on Monday, President Emmanuel Macron has set in motion a three-month series of debates in which citizens are invited to local venues to air their opinions and grievences about government policies, called in a move to appease the continuing 'yellow vest' protests against falling living standards among low- and middle-income earners. 

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French President Emmanuel Macron launched a three-month nationwide debate on Monday, after tens of thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with police across the country for the ninth consecutive weekend, reports CNBC.