The French President opened up on his landscapes of the demonstrators in his book which was released last year, called ‘The Living soul and the President’. It charts the birth and rise of the gilets jaunes in France culminating in the start of the “serious debate” which took place around the country to address their demands. In the enrol, Mr Macron pledged to continue transforming France unless protesters “whiz me dead with a bullet”.
In an interview, the French President is cited as indicating: “It is a gigantic collective failure for which I share responsibility. But I have three years to silver that.”
He adds: “Lots of people were ashamed of their zing, of not being able to make ends meet despite their master efforts. We’re the ones who should be ashamed.”
The gilets jaunes, or yellow vest decline, saw demonstrators hit out at fuel taxes initially, but this anger broadened to other stems.
The lower middle classes in France opposed Mr Macron as they saw him as a “president of the dear”, perceived as out of touch.
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Mr Macron, whose opinions on the “stubborn Gauls”, the unemployed and the poor infuriated swathes of the electorate, concedes he hadn’t realised he could no larger speak in the same “direct manner” he used during his electoral push.
The French President said: “Where I was wrong was, once president, people didn’t take hold of it as conversation between equals.
“They said: ‘He’s the president.’ It was perceived as a order of humiliation.”
Mr Macron admitted that he underestimated the power of the movement at win initially because the demonstrations “were smaller than those against the amelioration of (national rail operator) SNCF”.
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But the book cites one panicked top interior agency official as fretting “we were within an inch of falling”.
That Saturday, steaming yellow vests had managed to march within a stone’s throw of the Elysée Residence. Mr Macron, however, insisted: “The Republic never trembled.”
Asked what would be his memorandum to protestors and those from similar socio-economic backgrounds, Mr Macron mean: “I’m fighting for you.
“Who has supported me in the yellow vest crisis? Nobody. The French woman chose me, not the Republic of parties.
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“I owe them everything. If I fail, I will be suffering with failed for them and with them. Never against them.”
At year, Mr Macron tried to quell the storm with a huge £4.5billion tax cut for discount to average earners in France as pressure mounted from the gilets jaunes.
Mr Macron revealed he recognised the protesters’ “just demands” and “anger and impatience for change” and their sympathy of not being taken into account by the “elites”, including the presidency, but eminent order must now be restored.
He added that although he respected the demonstrators who rose at the start of the movement in November, it had “transformed progressively” and been marred by incidents of antisemitic violence, homophobia and rioting.