As thousands of people travelled to Paris to join the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests for the fourth weekend, Euronews journalist Laura Combaud travelled to other cities in France to understand why people have joined the movement.
“Can’t continue like this”
Evelyn Bass, 54, told Euronews that after being diagnosed with cancer she was forced to stop working. But the state is cutting down her disability benefits and fears she won’t have enough to eat soon.
The minimum wage must go up
Laetitia Descombes, 27, is a waitress and makes the minimum wage (€9.88/hour) but because of her debts, she never has enough at the end of the month.
“I didn’t eat yesterday or last night’s dinner,” she said.
Macron was forced to make the first major U-turn in his presidency by abandoning the fuel tax hikes.
But despite that, the gilets jaunes continue to make more demands such as lowering taxes, a higher minimum wage, better retirement benefits, and Macron's resignation.
Macron is set to address the nation early next week.