Paris (CNN)France's president-elect Emmanuel Macron has promised to "fight the divisions that undermine France," after defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Macron has won 66.06% of the vote with 99.99% of registered votes counted, France's interior ministry said. In a clear rejection of France's mainstream parties, voters have turned to the 39-year-old to help bring unity to a deeply fractured country. The result is remarkable considering Macron, a centrist independent, campaigned without a traditional party and with no experience of governing. Macron addresses Le Pen voters: "I will...make sure there is no reason at all to vote for extremes" https://t.co/U7IOKFRUjt pic.twitter.com/NUlL7QZXWw— CNN International (@cnni) May 7, 2017 "I know the country is divided and this has led to people voting for extremes," Macron said in a speech at his team's headquarters. Read More "I understand the anger, the anxiety, the doubt which many of you have expressed and it is my … [Read more...] about Emmanuel Macron wins presidency as France rejects far-right
Paris, France (CNN)French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that the minimum wage will be raised and that new taxes on pensions would be scrapped as he responded to weeks of violent protests which have challenged his leadership. In a televised address to the nation, Macron said the violent protests -- which have morphed from a grassroots movement against fuel tax hikes to disparate demonstrations against his presidency -- have been "unacceptable" and "will not be in any way indulged." But he proposed several social reforms, including an increase in the minimum wage by 100 euros ($113) a month beginning in January 2019 that will not cost employers extra and a promise that overtime hours will not be taxed. Macon also remained defiant and said he would not reinstate the wealth tax but will fight tax fraud. The reforms are expected to cost the government between $8.1 billion and $10.1 billion, Oliver Dussopt, France's secretary of state to the Ministry of Public Action and Accounts, … [Read more...] about Macron promises minimum wage hike in response to violent protests in France
Paris (CNN)Emmanuel Macron swept to the French presidency in 2017, seemingly out of nowhere and with large grassroots support. The irony may not be lost on the 40-year-old former banker that his new political foe, the "gilets jaunes" (or "yellow vest") movement, came to prominence in a similar way -- without the help or influence of France's usual institutions of power, the unions, the associations or the traditional political parties. On Monday night, Macron pledged to increase France's minimum wage and scrap new pension taxes in response to weeks of violent protests that have challenged his leadership. Yet what is very clear, the morning after the President tried to find the way to the hearts of his countrymen (as his spokesman had it), is that there is now a complete distrust of his methods. Yellow vest protesters watch Macron's address to the nation on Monday night. Out on the barricades and in the TV studios there was an exhausting and meticulous debate over … [Read more...] about Emmanuel Macron was anointed as France’s last great hope for reform. Is that all lost now?
Paris (CNN)French police clashed Saturday in Paris with protesters staging a fourth weekend of "gilets jaunes," or "yellow vest," demonstrations against the government of President Emmanuel Macron. Rubber bullets found on the Avenue de Friedland on Saturday in Paris. Officers fired rubber bullets and hundreds of canisters of tear gas at the demonstrators, some of whom had set vehicles on fire. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said 135 people were wounded in Saturday's protests across France. According to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, 1,723 people were taken in for questioning and 1,220 were taken into custody. Two photographers from the newspaper Le Parisien were hit by projectiles. One was taken to hospital as dusk drew near in a city still in shock from last weekend's riots -- the worst to hit the French capital in decades. Read More More tear gas on the champs #giletsjaunes pic.twitter.com/G8J5ep4cs6— Saskya Vandoorne (@SaskyaCNN) December 8, … [Read more...] about France’s ‘yellow vest’ protesters detained and tear-gassed
Paris (CNN)A 10th person has died in connection with the "gilets jaunes" or "yellow vest" protests in France as they enter their sixth consecutive weekend. A 36-year-old man was killed in a road accident in the southern French city of Perpignan after encountering a blockade set up by "yellow vest" protesters late Friday night, according to a city spokeswoman. "At a roundabout blocked by the gilets jaunes, a man in his car hit a truck in front of him. The driver of the car died," the spokeswoman said. Most of the deaths occurred in traffic accidents related to blockades in November and December, according to Le Parisien newspaper and CNN reporting. Earlier this month, an 80-year-old woman died when a tear gas canister went through her window. The protests -- named after the yellow high-visibility jackets French motorists must carry in their vehicles -- started November 17 in reaction to an eco-tax on gas but have since morphed into disparate demonstrations against President Emmanuel … [Read more...] about 10th death linked to France’s ‘yellow vest’ protests