Macron announces 'fairer' reforms in response to yellow vests

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New measures to address 'yellow vests' protests  include tax cuts, a reform of the civil service and the introduction of proportional representation.

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French president Emmanuel Macron has given a long-awaited response to the yellow vest movement, reports the BBC.

Despite insisting that order must return, he acknowledged a "lack of trust" in the establishment.

He promised new measures to address this including tax cuts, a reform of the civil service and the introduction of proportional representation.

The speech was planned for April 15 but was postponed after the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

President Macron recognised that at the core of the movement were "fair demands".

Protests started in November over rises in fuel costs intended to fund eco-friendly projects.

These escalated into the gilets jaunes, or yellow vest movement, a national uprising against economic injustice in France.

When he was elected in 2017, Mr Macron vowed to fight "the forces of division that undermine France".

Read more of this report from the BBC.

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