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Macron launches 'great debate' to quell Yellow Vest tensions

French President Emmanuel Macron tried to assuage the anger of Yellow Vest protesters and others as he launches his proposed "national debate" with a speech in the northern town of Grand Bourgtheroulde on Tuesday.Macron hopes that by introducing a more inclusive, participatory style of governing he can take some of the anger out of the Yellow Vest movement. In an open letter to the French citizenry on Sunday, Macron listed more than 30 questions to be put to a "grand national debate" and said he hoped as many citizens as possible would participate in Town Hall-style gatherings across the country. "We won't agree on everything, that's normal, that's democracy," he said in his letter. "But at least we'll show we are a people who are not afraid to talk, exchange and debate."

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