Macron promises ‘all means’ to restore calm after Paris riots, pledges to speed up tax relief
French President Emanuel Macron, his political career in peril and his country engulfed in increasingly violent protests, pleaded with the country’s employers Monday to give their workers a bonus and also promised a reduction in taxes in a bid to restore order after demonstrations have deeply shaken the nation during the past month.
In a pre-taped address broadcast on television, Marcon criticized the “inadmissible violence” of the protests and promised to use “all means” to restore calm.
“When violence is unleashed, freedom stops,” he said.
The French president promised to speed up tax relief and urged companies to give bonuses to struggling workers by the end of the year.
“I would ask all employers who can, pay an end-of-year bonus to their employees,” he said.
Among his pledges Monday, Macron reiterated his promises to raise the minimum wage and abolish taxes on overtime pay starting Jan. 1 — several months ahead of schedule. He also said a tax hike pensioners faced would be scrapped.