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LIVE: Macron announces measures in response to national debate, Yellow Vest anger

Ludovic Marin, AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron gestures during his live address following the "Great National Debate", at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 25, 2019.

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a set of new policies aimed at quelling Yellow Vest protesters' rage, in a press conference that began at 6pm Paris time. Watch FRANCE 24's special programme for live coverage.

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After five months of often violent Yellow Vest protests, Macron has announced a range of measures in response to their frustration, such as tax cuts, stopping the closure of schools and hospitals in rural areas, and the abolition of his own alma mater, France's elite training ground for civil servants, the École Nationale d'Administration -- often admired abroad, but a bête noir of some French activists.

These announcements come after Macron's national debate, a three-month series of meetings in which he discussed issues from high taxes to direct democracy with citizens across France.

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