The President of France, Emmanuel Macron has pledged a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to the weeks of violent protests.
France has witnessed four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues.
Speaking to Pressmen, Mr Macron condemned the violence but said the protesters’ anger was deep and in many ways legitimate. He further said that the minimum wage would increase by €100 per month from 2019.
The President further said a planned tax increase for low-income pensioners would be cancelled and overtime pay would no longer be taxed so that employers would be encouraged to pay a tax-free end of year bonus to employees.
He refused to reinstate a tax on the wealthy, saying it would weaken the country and jobs need to be created.
The minimum wage will be increased by 7% and the cost of this increase will be met by the government rather than employers.