Where is Macron? French President nowhere to be seen as Paris prepares for historic protests

Saturday, December 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

By EMMA R.
VoiceOfEurope.com
8 December 2018

As France braces for another round of violent protests this weekend, embattled French President Emmanuel Macron is a missing man.

He has kept away from the limelight this week, as his government attempts to deal with the issues being protested by the “yellow vest” protesters.

Paris was on lockdown early Saturday as thousands of security officers were deployed for potential clashes against protesters.

89,000 additional police officers and law enforcement personnel had been mobilised ahead of Saturday to head off planned protests, which show no sign of slowing down, despite the damage control by the government.

But as ministers scramble, Macron himself has been neither seen nor heard, leading to criticism from his political opponents.

Marine Le Pen, Macron’s presidential election rival, urged Macron on Wednesday to meet with the protesters before Saturday.

“Do not hide at the Elysee, do not ask others to do what the French expect of you, listen to them, hear them before Saturday,” she told reporters.

“Is Macron still in Argentina? He must surely have an opinion,” presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon tweeted, a reference to Macron’s recent visit to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

According to Reuters, Macron intends to address the nation early next week. Apparently he’s spent the week holding closed-door meetings in the Elysee Palace, with his office announcing that he will not speak before Saturday’s protests.

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