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  1. The Russian interference inquiry doesn’t look like it is fading.

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  2. A difficult president to work for.

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  3. The smocking gun tweet:

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  5. Missy

     /  11th December 2018

    After weeks of protests and riots Macron has (finally) addressed the nation, but more importantly, despite all his talk and bluster about sticking to his reforms, he seems to have given in to the Yellow vest protestors.

    Macron has announced that the minimum wage will increase by 100 Euros a month, he has cancelled planned tax increases for low income pensioners, and he has asked employers to pay workers a year end tax free bonus.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46513189?ns_linkname=news_central&ns_source=twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_breaking

    I will see if I can find a transcript of his speech.

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    • Gezza

       /  11th December 2018

      That’s amazing. I don’t think it will save him at the next election.

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      • Missy

         /  11th December 2018

        That will depend on how France does in the interim years, and who he is up against. Also, how much he is perceived to listen to the people. The next Presidential election is 2022 so he has time to improve.

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        • Gezza

           /  11th December 2018

          One thing about the French is that when they don’t like something they don’t muck about moaning about. Up go the barricades and the smashing and burning focuses the politicians minds pretty damn quickly.

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          • Missy

             /  11th December 2018

            True, the French have a reputation for protesting… and rioting.

            Must say Macron didn’t seem to care when French fishermen were using violence against British Fishermen fishing just outside French waters earlier this year, but now he is quite concerned about the violent protests.

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            • Gezza

               /  11th December 2018

              You’re probably forgetting he’s a tosser?

            • Missy

               /  11th December 2018

              No G, he isn’t a tosser, he is French (though probably the same thing!). 😉

            • Gezza

               /  11th December 2018

              he isn’t a tosser
              Flies in the face of all the evidence.

            • Gezza

               /  11th December 2018

              But I digress for the sake of amusement. That’s a stunning turnaround from any President. Shows there’s still such a thing as people power in France.

    • Missy

       /  11th December 2018

      Macron has declared an ‘economic and social state of emergency’

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    • Missy

       /  11th December 2018

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  6. Missy

     /  11th December 2018

    If there is any truth in this, then Macron’s concessions today are meaningless.

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  7. Missy

     /  11th December 2018

    Meanwhile, the EU have threatened sanctions on Italy unless they amend their budget, however, some are seeing the riots in France, and capitulation of Macron, as a positive for Italy.

    It is thought that the riots, and subsequent capitulation by Macron, will be seen as vindication by Italy for their budget spending, as they can argue that they need to spend the money to avoid social unrest. It is also seen that if France have a higher deficit (which they will have after Macron’s announcement) then it will make it harder for the EU to be tough on Italy.

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