Macron to appease workers with wage rise

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Paris, Dec 11: France's President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests and also cancelled a planned social security tax hike for pensioners earning less than 2,000 euros ($2,272).

France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues,reported BBC. Speaking in a televised address , Macron said,"We will respond to the economic and social urgency with strong measures, by cutting taxes more rapidly, by keeping our spending under control, but not with U-turns."

Macron said people on the minimum wage would see their salaries rise by 100 euros ($113.76) a month in 2019 without extra costs to employers.(UNI)