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Macron’s “national debate” won’t end the gilet jaunes protests—only true reform can do that

Macron's consultation will mean little until his government take real action to change the lives of the worst-off

By Mathilde Brard  

Macron's consultation is intended to quell protests—but will it be effective? Photo: PA

In mid-January, Emmanuel Macron launched a national debate in France in response to the gilets jaunes, or yellow vest, protests. The consultation, which lasts until March 15, is intended to be open to everyone in France. People are invited to participate in different ways: they can express their views in “registers of grievances” available in townhalls and online; they can also organise debates themselves with the help of “territorial kits” prepared by the government, which include information…

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