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Macron pledges to respond to 'Yellow Vest' movement

IANS  |  Paris 

"This is not a time for politics," French on Tuesday told the nation in a short televised speech in the wake of Cathedral fire, pledging to come out with a response to the "Yellow Vest" movement soon.

"I will come back to you as I have been committed in the coming days so that we can act collectively following 'the great debate'," he said.

Still struggling to find a way out of the social unrest, the regretted "the false impatience", saying "tomorrow and its turmoil will resume... but the moment has not yet come."

Macron, a former investment banker, had planned to reach out discontent people on Monday evening to unveil decisions he has taken to ease social tension that led his approval ratings to record low, reported.

However, he had cancelled the speech after a blaze consumed Cathedral's roof and spire, which had brought shock and sorrow to and the rest of the world.

A press conference scheduled on Tuesday was also delayed, according to the presidency office.

The "Yellow Vest" movement, a nationwide protest against weak economic performance and stagnant income increase under Macron, started as a campaign against surge in fuel prices in November 2018.

It had since turned into a social rebellion demanding to step down, despite his reversal of tax hike and measures worth 10 billion euros ($11.28 billion) to bolster purchasing power. (1 euro 1.128 U.S. dollars)

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 02:58 IST
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