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Macron's national address aims to calm fury of Yellow Vest protests

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Yellow Vest protestors in Paris on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron addressed the French public Tuesday night for the first time since the emergence of the “Yellow Vests” (Gilets Jaunes) movement and the violence that has struck Paris and other major cities.

Why it matters: The highly anticipated speech aimed to restore momentum to Macron’s presidency after polls showed roughly 70% support for the anti-establishment movement. He tried to strike a balance between condemning the movement’s acts of violence and responding to the legitimate anger and demands that have fueled it.