Macron announces wage and tax reforms

FRANCE:

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a number of government policy reforms but denies he has caved to pressure from rioters protesting against the nation’s low wages and high cost of living.

In a televised address to the nation (pictured) from his official residence, the Elysee Palace in Paris, Mr Macron announced reforms including a slight rise in the country’s minimum wage, scrapping tax increases for some retirees, and urging companies to provide tax-free end-of-year bonuses to their employees.

After his address he told The Bug’s Paris correspondent Pepe Le Pewstereotype that recent violent street riots by “yellow vest” protesters had not played any part in his decisions.

“Riots? Rioters? What are you talking about? I know nothing of these rioters,” he said through an interpreter while pretending not to understand or speak English in that arrogant yet loveable Gallic way.