France’s Macron responds to yellow vests with promise of reforms.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has given a long-awaited response to the yellow vest protest movement with promises of tax cuts, higher pensions and a reform of the civil service. Despite insisting that order must return, he acknowledged a “lack of trust” in the establishment. Protests, sometimes violent, started in November over rises in fuel costs but widened to cover a range of grievances over economic inequality. Mr Macron said he stood by his reforms.

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