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President Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged he’s partially responsible for the anger that has fueled weeks of protests in France, an unusual admission for the leader elected last year

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, French Prime Minister Edouard Philipppe, left, and Environment Minister Francois de Rugy, second right, and Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud meet with representatives of trade unions, employers’ organizations and local elected officials at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Dec.10 2018. (Yoan Valat / Associated Press)
French President Emmanuel Macron, center, French Prime Minister Edouard Philipppe, left, and Environment Minister Francois de Rugy, second right, and Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud meet with representatives of trade unions, employers’ organizations and local elected officials at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Dec.10 2018. (Yoan Valat / Associated Press)
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PARIS – President Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged he’s partially responsible for the anger that has fueled weeks of protests in France, an unusual admission for the leader elected last year.

In a televised address to the nation, Macron said: “We probably have not been able for a year-and-a-half to bring quick enough and strong enough responses.”

Macron also acknowledged he may have given an impression “not to care” about the concerns of ordinary citizens and “might have hurt” some people with his comments.

Macron is perceived by many in France as arrogant, for instance telling an unemployed man he could find a job if he “crosses the street” and advising a retiree not to complain.

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