Macron to offer solutions to French yellow vest grievances

Macron initially planned to make his announcements last week, but postponed them because of the Notre Dame fire. (File/AFP)
Updated 25 April 2019

Macron to offer solutions to French yellow vest grievances

  • His speech will be based on three months of national debate aimed at addressing the protesters’ concerns
  • The protesters see the centrist Macron as favoring the rich and want more income equality

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron is set to unveil long-awaited plans to quell five months of yellow vest protests that have damaged his presidency.
Macron will make a speech Thursday at the Elysee presidential palace based on three months of national debate aimed at addressing the protesters’ concerns through town hall meetings and collecting complaints online.
He is expected to respond to concerns over sinking purchasing power with tax cuts for lower-income households and measures to boost pensions and help single parents. He may also make it easier for ordinary people to initiate local referendums.
The protesters see the centrist Macron as favoring the rich and want more income equality.
Macron initially planned to make his announcements last week, but postponed them when the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral broke out.


UK’s Prince William reveals he’s been a helpline volunteer during coronavirus lockdown

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UK’s Prince William reveals he’s been a helpline volunteer during coronavirus lockdown

  • William is one of more than 2,000 volunteers who have been formally trained to help those in need
  • More than 300,000 text conversations have taken place between volunteers and people needing mental health support

LONDON: Britain’s Prince William has revealed that he has been anonymously helping out on a crisis helpline during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Duke of Cambridge’s work with Shout 85258 — an around-the-clock text messaging helpline developed by the Royal Foundation — was made public to mark Volunteers Week.
Last month, he told fellow volunteers in a video call that was shared on social media late Friday: “I’m going to share a little secret with you guys, but I’m actually on the platform volunteering.”
William, who is second in line to the throne, is one of more than 2,000 volunteers who have been formally trained to help those in need.
More than 300,000 text conversations have taken place between volunteers and people needing mental health support, with around 65% of those texting aged under 25.
William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, has also been helping others by taking part in “check in and chat” calls with people self-isolating or vulnerable during the pandemic.