Doubting the Macron letter to suppress French yellow cardigan …

Doubts greet Macron letter to suppress French yellow vest wrath

Associated Press

PARIS (AP) – Yellow vestactivists and political rivals say that a radical "letter to the French" by President Emmanuel Macron does not go far enough to suppress national anger over his policies.

Macron's letter explains how he addresses the concerns of the movement through a "big debate" in local meetings across the country from Tuesday. The debate will focus on taxes, public services, climate change and democracy.

Yellow cardigan Jeremy Clement told BFM on Monday that the letter "settles part of the problem" but does not go far enough to tackle the sinking purchasing power.

Protestant Jerome Rodrigues told television news to CNews that Macron has not recognized the "urgency" of the concerns of people with low incomes and pensioners.

Others criticized Macron for abandoning a restoration of French wealth tax. Opposition lawmakers also criticize the letter.

The French president Emmanuel Macron poses next to a traditional epiphany cake at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Friday 11 January 2019. (Ian Langsdon / Pool Photo via AP)

The French president Emmanuel Macron poses next to a traditional epiphany cake at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Friday 11 January 2019. (Ian Langsdon / Pool Photo via AP)

A French riot policeman throws a bus with smoke during battles with yellow vestactivists in Lyon, Central France, Saturday, January 12, 2019. The authorities have deployed thousands of national security forces for a ninth consecutive weekend of protest against the government. (AP Photo / Laurent Cipriani)

A French riot policeman throws a bus with smoke during battles with yellow vestactivists in Lyon, Central France, Saturday, January 12, 2019. The authorities have deployed thousands of national security forces for a ninth consecutive weekend of protest against the government. (AP Photo / Laurent Cipriani)

A French riot policeman throws a bus with smoke during battles with yellow vestactivists in Lyon, Central France, Saturday, January 12, 2019. The authorities have deployed thousands of national security forces for a ninth consecutive weekend of protest against the government. (AP Photo / Laurent Cipriani)

Protesters wearing yellow vests run on the motorway in Lyon, Central France, Saturday, January 12, 2019. The authorities have deployed thousands of national security forces for a ninth consecutive weekend of protest against the government. (AP Photo / Laurent Cipriani)

Protesters wearing yellow vests run on the motorway in Lyon, Central France, Saturday, January 12, 2019. The authorities have deployed thousands of national security forces for a ninth consecutive weekend of protest against the government. (AP Photo / Laurent Cipriani)

Protesters wearing yellow vests run on the motorway in Lyon, Central France, Saturday, January 12, 2019. The authorities have deployed thousands of national security forces for a ninth consecutive weekend of protest against the government. (AP Photo / Laurent Cipriani)

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