Macron plans 'important announcements' after fourth week of protests

UPI | 12/10/2018 | Staff
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Dec. 9 (UPI) -- More than 1,000 people were arrested during another weekend of protests in France, as President Emmanuel Macron plans to hold talks with business leaders and trade unions Monday.

France's Interior Ministry said 1,723 people were taken in for questioning, 1,220 were taken into custody and 135 were injured over the weekend as "gilets jaunes" or "yellow jacket" demonstrators took to the streets for a fourth weekend in protest of rising living costs, elimination of the "fortune tax" and a lack of government effort to address inequality, CNN reported.

Meetings - Monday - Macron - Address - Unity

Following the meetings Monday, Macron is expected deliver an address calling for national unity and urging the protesters to seek dialogue.

The protests began as a response to fuel tax increases, which Macron agreed to scrap three weeks ago, but later expanded to a broader criticism of Macron's government.

Government - Spokesman - Benjamin - Griveaux - Macron

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Macron would make "important announcements," which local media said could include raising the minimum wage and pensions and introducing a tax-free bonus for workers on low incomes, but he said the fixes wouldn't be simple.

"All the problems of the 'yellow vests' can't be settled by waving a magic wand," said Griveaux.

Police - Officers - Streets

About 8,000 police officers were deployed on the streets of...
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