Emmanuel Macron is a centrist French politician who was elected in May 2017 to be France's youngest ever president. The economic liberal's platform includes reforming labor laws and jump-starting innovation.
A former socialist economy minister, Macron formed his own independent political movement, "En Marche!" (Onward!), in 2016 to run for the presidential office. Prior to entering politics, he worked as an investment banker. The final round of the 2017 election pitted him against the National Front's Marine Le Pen and saw Macron defend immigration, promise to combat climate change and work to support EU cooperation. DW content related to the politician and his politics is automatically compiled below.
Some 125,000 people across France donned yellow safety jackets to rally against President Emmanuel Macron and the high cost of living. In Paris, armored vehicles and thousands of police contained the demonstrators.
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Weeks of country-wide protests by "yellow-vests" forced France's reformist government this week to make a stunning U-turn. It is dropping an unpopular fuel tax hike. Officials are talking about further concessions, amid signs more groups are joining the protests. Lisa Bryant has more from Paris about a movement that has morphed to encompass a broad range of grievances.
French President Emmanuel Macron has tried to appease the "yellow vest" protests that have erupted over fuel tax hikes. He said he understood protestors' concerns and promised a three month consultation with people on environmental challenges and a mechanism for reining in fuel tax rises when the price of crude oil spikes… but said the new taxes would go ahead as planned. John Laurenson reports.
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