French President Emmanuel Macron launches national debate in hopes to end protests

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UPDATED 12:57 PM PT — Tuesday, January 15, 2018

Yellow vest protesters line the streets of small Normandy town to greet French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrived to deliver a town hall address.

Tuesday marks the beginning of a three-month long national debate in France over Macron’s economic reform policies, following months of violent protests against the government’s tax hikes.

French Deputy Minister for Environment Emmanuelle Wargon, second right, talks to Yellow Vests protestors before French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit in Grand Bourgtheroulde, Normandy, Tuesday, Jan.15, 2019. Macron is formally launching a “grand debate” to try to appease the yellow vest movement following weeks of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Macron announced the debate earlier this week, saying he looks forward to hearing feedback from the people of France and hopes some type of compromise can be reached. However, some protesters are saying the leader’s efforts to restore peace are not enough.

“I think that the movement, which has got underway now, is truly national — it’s touched the very heart of France, but Macron has not understood that, he has made the French people angry and as history shows, you know what happens when the French people get angry,” stated yellow vest protester Franck Biemy.

The national debate is expected to focus on a number of policies, including taxes, green energy and citizenship. The French leader plans on delivering his conclusion on the national debate in April.

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