Macron's next move: how to turn the Great Debate into reality


PM Édouard Philippe and his team spent a day coming up with concrete measures to improve daily life in response to yellow vest protests.

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The president's proposals were based on complaints and suggestions that emerged from the Great National Debate – two months of talks organised as a listening exercise after the eruption of the Yellow Vest protests, reports RFI.

So what might change?

The finance ministry will have to find out how to make up a shortfall of 5 billion euros, after Macron announced cuts in income tax but no real reductions in public spending.

Extra money is likely to be found by ending some tax breaks for companies.

One clear message to emerge from the Yellow Vest protests and the Great Debate was the situation of many single-parent families.

Thousands of mothers working in low-paid jobs described their difficulties making ends meet and trying to raise children alone.

Macron has told his government to address their plight and hinted that absent parents who fail to pay maintenance towards their children’s upbringing could have money deducted by the courts.

Read more of this report from RFI.

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