France's Macron to make "important announcements" in coming week

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Sun, 09 Dec 2018 - 11:30 GMT

Emmanuel Macron, candidate in France's 2017 French presidential election, is seen between crowd members as he delivers an address for French nationals in London, Britain, February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Emmanuel Macron, candidate in France's 2017 French presidential election, is seen between crowd members as he delivers an address for French nationals in London, Britain, February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

PARIS, Dec 9 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron is set to make a major announcement early in the coming week, his government's spokesman said on Sunday, following a day of violent nationwide "yellow vest" protests against the high cost of living.

"The President of the Republic will of course make important announcements," government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on LCI television. He gave no details about timing or about what Macron could announce.

Senior allies of Macron said on Friday that the president would address the nation early in the coming week. Macron has already scrapped a planned fuel tax increase but the move has failed to end the "yellow vest" protest movement, which demands lower taxes, higher minimum wages and better pension benefits.

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