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French government hardens stance on yellow vest protest 'agitators'

Government says the yellow vest protest movement belongs to 'agitators' who promote insurrection and want to topple the government.

Macron weakened by departures from entourage

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From left to right, part of President Macron's inner circle Stéphane Séjourné, Sylvain Fort, Julien Denormandie, Benjamin Griveaux, Richard Ferrand. In the middle is Sibeth Ndiaye. At the Élysée May 14th 2017. © Reuters From left to right, part of President Macron's inner circle Stéphane Séjourné, Sylvain Fort, Julien Denormandie, Benjamin Griveaux, Richard Ferrand. In the middle is Sibeth Ndiaye. At the Élysée May 14th 2017. © Reuters

The head of communications at the Élysée has just announced that he is to leave his post by the end of January. Sylvain Fort, who is close to Emmanuel Macron having worked alongside him for more than two years, proclaimed his “total loyalty” to the French president. But this and reports of other possible departures from the president's inner circle have further weakened a presidency which is embroiled in the affair involving former security aide Alexandre Benalla and the ongoing social movement carried out by the so-called from the yellow vest protestors. Lénaïg Bredoux reports.

'Yellow vest' leader in France denounces his arrest

The arrest of Éric Drouet - he was later released - sparked a wave of criticism from political opponents of the Macron government.

French police arrest ‘yellow vest’ leader

Éric Drouet was placed in custody for organising a central Paris protest without declaring it, according to a source at the prosecutors office.

Macron to crack down on executives avoiding taxes

Move against tax avoidance by well-paid business leaders is part of effort to placate Yellow Vest protesters in France who complain of inequality.

France's Yellow Vest demos falter at weekend, but more planned

Nationwide turnout for the seventh weekend of demonstrations in France on Saturday by so-called Yellow Vest protestors calling for improved living conditions for low- and middle-income earners was about a quarter of that the previous weekend, although militants have called for more protests on New Year's Eve.

Macron facing the scenario of a return to the urns

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French President Emmanuel Macron. © Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron. © Reuters

No French president or prime minister over the past 50 years has survived a political crisis like that in which Emmanuel Macron has become engulfed with the ‘gilets jaunes’ – Yellow Vest – movement, which is calling for improved living conditions for low- and middle-income earners, and increased participation of citizens in political decision making. In this analysis of the crisis, François Bonnet argues why Macron, in order to save his five-year term in office, appears to have little other choice than to return to the urns.

French 'Yellow Vest' day of action on Saturday sees fall in turnout

The sixth Saturday of nationwide protests organised by the grass-roots 'Yellow Vest' movement against falling living standards for low- and middle-income earners saw turnout significantly down on last weekend, according to the French interior ministry, which estimated the total number of demonstrators at 38,000.

 

France's Macron turns to Sarkozy amid 'yellow vest' protests

Macron has lunched with Sarkozy and sent him to represent France at swearing-in of Georgia’s new president, a move that caused a political stir.

French PM admits to 'mistakes' over 'Yellow Vest' protests

In newspaper interview, Édouard Philippe said the government had  'not listened enough to the French people'.

The many faces behind the 'yellow vest' protests

Yellow Vest protestors back on streets but numbers fall

Saturday marked a fifth weekend of nationwide protest action by the so-called 'Yellow Vest' movement against falling living standards for low- and middle-income earners, but the numbers of those who turned out were significantly down on last Saturday, both in Paris and across the country.

Paris faces more Yellow Vest protests Saturday

The so-called 'Yellow Vest' movement of protests at falling living stanadards among low- and middle-income earners is expected to continue with a fifth day of action across France on Saturday, notably with marches in Paris where previous protests have been marred by violence and vandalism by extremists and hooligans.

French government urges no Yellow Vest protests on Saturday

French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux on Thursday called on the so-called Yellow Vest movement demanding better living standards for low- and midlle income earners not to hold another weekend of protests because of the strain placed on police and security forces after this week's terrorist attack in Strasbourg.

Macron pledges minimum wage rise, tax cuts on pensions, overtime

In an attempt to defuse growing social unrest, French President Emmanuel Macron announced in a televised address on monday a 100-euro rise of the minimum monthly wage, the removal of a tax on pensions below 2,000 euros per month, the ending of taxation on overtime payments and encouraged employers to offer a tax-free end-of-year bonus to employees.