UPDATED 9:25 AM PT — Monday, January 14, 2018
In a letter to the people, French President Emmanuel Macron kicked-off a debate that he hopes will end the weeks-long nationwide yellow vest protests.
Sunday reports detailed the 2,330-word letter penned by Macron, which is set to run in French newspapers.
The president pledged to listen to new ideas and engage in debate to bring peace. He also said “there is no banned issue,” but added he would remain faithful to his campaign and appeared to rule out rolling back some of his pro-business economic reforms.
The letter comes after nine-weeks of ‘yellow vest’ demonstrations throughout France.
“It’s unprecedented to have this kind of debate at a national level and at a global scale, I don’t have a comparable example, so, it’s an opportunity to seize and come out of this crisis that we find ourselves in,” said Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Minister for Education.
Some of the questions asked in the letter include which taxes the public thinks should be cut, which public spending savings should be priorities, and if the country should introduce more referendums.
The debate is set to end March 15, 2019 with Macron delivering his own conclusions within a month after that.