Daily Mail: Defiant Macron uses his New Year address to call Yellow Vests a ‘hateful mob’ as he vows to ensure ‘Republican order with no leniency’ and press on with economic reforms
* President Emmanuel Macron is due to address the nation on New Years Eve
* Protesters are set to gather at the same time as he is speaking in central Paris
* Around 150,000 police have been called in to keep the peace on Monday night
A defiant Emmanuel Macron used his New Year’s Eve address to hit out at the ‘hateful mob’ on the fringes of the Yellow Vest movement.
But the French President vowed to press on with economic reforms which were thrown into question after he axed his fuel tax hike and announced billions in aid for the low-paid to try to tame the revolt.
In a 16-minute speech, he insisted the French government ‘can do better’ at improving citizens’ lives as Yellow Vest protesters again took to the streets across the country.
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Upbeat Macron defends reform agenda after bruising year — France 24
France’s Macron pledges more reform medicine in ‘decisive’ 2019 — Reuters
Emmanuel Macron vows to push on with reforms despite protests — The Guardian
Macron vows to stick to reforms, takes aim at Yellow Jackets — Politico