Amid ‘Yellow Vest’ Rebellion, Macron Woos Business Leaders | 1/17/2019 | Staff
VERSAILLES, France (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron will tell dozens of the world’s most powerful executives on Tuesday that he remains committed to reforming the French economy, reassuring investors as a sometimes-violent popular revolt challenges his authority.

For the second year running, Macron will host corporate A-listers like Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel and JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon at a pre-Davos dinner at Versailles.

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His office said on Monday that foreign companies including medical products company Microport , Mars, Procter & Gamble , Cisco and others would announce investments in France totaling more than 600 million euros.

The dinner will be an opportunity to reassure investors of Macron’s resolve to reform the economy after images of attacks by protesters angry at his policies on public monuments, boutiques, banks and riot police were beamed around the world.

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“There are questions about the protests’ magnitude, about the violence, because these images are shocking for foreigners,” a source at Macron’s office said.

“Last year, the summit was in a totally different dynamic, it was all about ‘France is back’. Here we’re in a tougher part of the mandate domestically and that requires more explanations,” the source added.


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