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French President Emmanuel Macron told a woman who was concerned about cuts to her pension that she should follow General Charles de Gaulle’s example and stop complaining.
Deemed the “president of the rich” by critics, President Macron made the comments whilst at a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the French constitution in de Gaulle’s home village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, north-east France, on Thursday, reports Le Monde.
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The President told the woman: “The general’s grandson just told me that his grandfather’s rule was: You can speak very freely; the only thing we do not have the right to do is to complain.”
“I think it is a good practice, in general. The country would stand differently if it were like that,” he added.
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He scolded the woman further, saying that she should consider herself “lucky” to be living in the France of today compared to past generations.
“The French only see what’s being taken away from them,” he added.
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Macron’s government imposed increases on social security contributions from pensioners to compensate for the removal of unemployment and sickness contributions for private employees, prompting protests with retirees saying they have felt “betrayed by the nation”.
Nicolas Bay, French Member of the European Parliament and General Secretary of National Rally (formerly Front National) condemned Macron, saying: “Instead of listening to the French, Macron...
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