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France: 'Yellow Vests' slam Macron's 'National Debate' as 'lies' 02:32

France: 'Yellow Vests' slam Macron's 'National Debate' as 'lies'

France, Paris
January 26, 2019 at 17:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Yellow Vest protesters slammed French President Emmanuel Macron's 'Great National Debate' as "lies", as anti-government protests entered its 11th week in Paris on Saturday.

"The mayors are chosen as well as the questions [for the debate] are chosen by the prefecture, so what can we achieve from the debate, rather than the speech surveillance," lamented one of the protesters, Bertrand.

Another demonstrator Jeremie agreed, saying: "It's lies. That's what it is. They can say whatever they want, it's always going their way not ours."

On January 15, Macron kick started the 'Great National Debate' with a tour of France to listen to the people's grievances.

The topics for the debate include taxation, the organisation of the state, protection of the environment, issues of the citizenship and democracy.

The French are expected to voice their opinions on the issues in local town halls or in the internet, with the debate expected to last till 15th of March.

France: 'Yellow Vests' slam Macron's 'National Debate' as 'lies' 02:32
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Yellow Vest protesters slammed French President Emmanuel Macron's 'Great National Debate' as "lies", as anti-government protests entered its 11th week in Paris on Saturday.

"The mayors are chosen as well as the questions [for the debate] are chosen by the prefecture, so what can we achieve from the debate, rather than the speech surveillance," lamented one of the protesters, Bertrand.

Another demonstrator Jeremie agreed, saying: "It's lies. That's what it is. They can say whatever they want, it's always going their way not ours."

On January 15, Macron kick started the 'Great National Debate' with a tour of France to listen to the people's grievances.

The topics for the debate include taxation, the organisation of the state, protection of the environment, issues of the citizenship and democracy.

The French are expected to voice their opinions on the issues in local town halls or in the internet, with the debate expected to last till 15th of March.