January 14, 2019; Quartz
French leader Emmanuel Macron has launched a counter-offensive to the infamous Yellow Vest protests in the form of a national dialogue on issues raised by the grassroots movement: economic inequality, the role of the state, climate change, and democracy. The “Great National Debate” is a response to criticism that Macron’s ambitious policy changes weren’t enacted through an inclusive process. Macron was forced to pause a gas tax that was part of efforts to combat climate change after the leadership-less protests began in November and morphed into a widespread movement of weekly protests across the country that continued over the weekend.
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