The French government has made in a rush, the way for the President and Emmanuel Macron in the “yellow vests”crisis promised social measures.

“the text of The law was prepared in record time,” said government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux in Paris. The billion-dollar package should already be on Thursday in the national Assembly for advice. Among the security forces in the country, for weeks the protests by the “Yellow vests” in continuous use, is growing at the same time, the displeasure.

The Cabinet of Ministers came together on Wednesday morning under the chairmanship of Macron. Macron had to call last week an “economic and social emergency” and the emergency social measures in a speech to the Nation announced, in order to appease the “yellow vests”. The financing of the measures, tearing a huge hole in the French state budget. Last weekend, the protests in the country had less demand – previously, the government had not called, however, with a view on the terrorist attack in Strasbourg to demonstrate.

now in the Cabinet, adopted measures include that from January 2019 to Overtime, neither social security contributions nor taxes must be paid. Employers will be able to March next year, a bonus of 1000 euros to Employees and civil servants pay, earn up to 3600 Euro a month to fall for that, also for no charges. The subject Griveaux that four to five million workers. In addition, around 70 per cent of pensioners are exempt from the increase to a controversial social levy. Workers on the minimum wage level to get per month 100 Euro more.

a “national debate” on up to 1 is also Planned. March to the topics of ecological Transition to democracy, and Migration, as well as the organization of the state turn to taxes. This citizen debate should take place under the auspices of the mayor. No later than the beginning of April, concrete decisions are expected to follow.

In the Wake of the “yellow West”protests was ignited a new debate over the controversial property tax. It has been speculated whether their removal could not be re-tipped. The wealth tax was abolished with the budget law for 2018, to a large extent. This scheme was introduced Macron also the reputation to be a “President of the Rich”. A re-introduction, he had excluded.

in addition to the fury of the yellow West, the French government is now also the Annoyance of the police, who for weeks has been in continuous use at the “yellow West”protests. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had met on Tuesday evening with representatives of the police unions. Among other things they demand more money and threaten to go on strike.

The Secretary of state in the Ministry of the interior, Laurent Nuñez, announced on Wednesday morning that a time plan is developed, to pay for not paid Overtime in the police Department. In the past few decades, in Overtime, in the amount of EUR 274 million had been built. Already on Tuesday the government had announced to pay a special premium of 300 euros for the “yellow West”-the protests used by the security forces. 111 000 police and soldiers to benefit affected. The necessary 33 million euros had already been included in the budget plan for 2019, said government spokesman Griveaux.

For the financing of social measures in France must raise billion. Actually, the French had promised to restore the public finances and the Maastricht deficit limit of three percent to be complied with permanently. For 2019, the deficit is likely to be now, however, at 3.2 percent of economic output, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced the beginning of the week.

Meanwhile, blockages of the “yellow vests were resolved” in the whole country since Saturday, as Secretary of state, Nunez, according to the TV station RMC said. The protest movement of the “yellow West” was demonstrated in mid-November against the reform policy of the French government. In the case of the protests, it had come to violence, especially in the French capital, Paris.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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