Macron says lessons must be learned from recent social unrest

President Emmanuel Macron on Friday called on the government to draw lessons from the recent riots sparked by the police shooting of a teenager, or risk deep divisions in France.

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of Murder of Neher M.Protests, riots and looting sparked during last month’s traffic stop, with many accusing the government of exacerbating a culture of systemic racism within the police force.

At a cabinet meeting the day after the government reshuffle, Macron said the riots had highlighted “the division of the country and the danger of a deep division”. President Macron told his ministers there was a “need for authority and respect”.

“We have to draw lessons from what happened and give sound answers,” he said. Mr Macron said the mandate would “shape” the government’s efforts after the summer vacation.

The deadliest urban violence since 2005 sparked debates over law and order, immigration, racism and police brutality.Thursday’s cabinet reshuffle was widely interpreted as a signal for Mr Macron to move on from a string of crises since his re-election last year, including widespread protests against France’s rate hikes. retirement Year.

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The modifications are limited in scope and the Prime Minister Elizabeth BourneThe important thing is to stay in her post. Macron said the choice reflected his desire for “continuity and efficiency”.

Macron also told the cabinet that France needed to put its public finances back on a solid footing after spending to support the economy and energy subsidies for households during the coronavirus pandemic had caused deficits and debt to soar.

“From the summer onwards, we will have to prepare the country, in a sense, for a tight framework and order financially,” Macron said.

This will allow France to start paying down its debt, cut taxes further and allow for “reasonable management of the budget deficit,” he said.

MacronAfter a near-record low in April, his approval ratings are starting to recover, but a July 5 poll found only 31% of respondents viewed him positively. Macron says lessons must be learned from recent social unrest

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