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Can France's National Debate save Macron's presidency?

Since mid-November, France's Yellow Vests have rarely been out of the headlines. When they got started, their main grievance was a planned rise in fuel taxes. But the movement later turned into a more general protest against Emmanuel Macron's leadership, taxes and high living costs. As the discontent enters its third month, the president has kicked off two months of nationwide debates, giving people across France the chance to vent their opinions and put forward proposals in a town hall context.


We head to one such debate on the outskirts of Paris, and take a look at how these consultations work.

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