Richard Lough

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14 Jan 2019 | 9:27 PM

Macron 2.0: French president seeks reset button with national debate

PARIS (Reuters) - To his allies, Emmanuel Macron's letter to the French launching a national policy debate was a bold exercise in democracy. To his critics, Sunday's missive was an empty, wordy gesture by an aloof 'King Macron' determined to retain core economic reforms.

11 Jan 2019 | 9:21 PM

Macron hopes debate can quell French unrest. So did Louis XVI

PARIS/FLAGY, France (Reuters) - In 1789, Louis XVI summoned France's aristocracy, clergy and citizens to discuss ways to plug the crown's dismal finances and quell popular discontent over a sclerotic feudal society.

7 Jan 2019 | 2:14 AM

France's Macron reeling as tough stance against 'yellow vests' backfires

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron intended to start the new year on the offensive against the 'yellow vest' protesters. Instead, the French president is reeling from more violent street demonstrations.

5 Jan 2019 | 11:50 PM

Clashes erupt in Paris as 'yellow vests' protest at unrepentant Macron

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7 Dec 2018 | 11:17 PM

France braces for trouble, Macron to address 'yellow vest' anger

PARIS (Reuters) - France hunkered down for another wave of potentially violent protests on Saturday as embattled President Emmanuel Macron planned to address the nation next week over public fury at the high cost of living, senior allies said.

6 Dec 2018 | 10:28 PM

Fearing "Act IV" of unrest, France to close Eiffel Tower, Louvre, at weekend

PARIS (Reuters) - France will close the Eiffel Tower and other tourism landmarks in Paris and draft in thousands more security forces on Saturday to stave off another wave of violent protests in the country over living costs.

3 Dec 2018 | 8:04 PM

France's Macron hunts for way out of 'yellow vest' crisis

PARIS (Reuters) - France's prime minister met with opposition leaders on Monday as President Emmanuel Macron sought a way to defuse nationwide protests over high living costs that led to widespread rioting in Paris at the weekend and are hurting the economy.

2 Dec 2018 | 8:31 PM

Stunned Parisians clean up posh central district after worst riots since 1968

PARIS (Reuters) - Workmen cleared away burnt hulks of cars, scrubbed the defaced Arc de Triomphe monument and replaced the shattered windows of luxury boutiques in Paris on Sunday after the worst riots in the centre of the capital in half a century.

30 Nov 2018 | 12:25 AM

Fractured France: Diesel tax protests expose Macron's Achilles' heel

BEAUVAIS, France (Reuters) - Hunched over a burning oil drum on a traffic island, protesters in yellow vests line up to decry France's punishing fuel taxes and spiralling living costs, blaming a president who they see as detached from the everyday struggles of life outside the city.

27 Nov 2018 | 10:31 PM

Macron won't cede to 'thugs' as he confronts diesel tax anger

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he understood the anger felt by voters outside France's big cities over the squeeze that fuel prices have put on households, but insisted he would not be bounced into changing policy by "thugs".