Emmanuel Macron makes humiliating U-turn – protesters win as President scraps major policy | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Emmanuel Macron makes humiliating U-turn – protesters win as President scraps major policy

EMMANUEL MACRON has made a humiliating U-turn on one of his flagship policies - two years after his radical plans fuelled widespread protests across France.

The French President has abandoned his key election pledge to reform pensions. The biggest post-war changes would have increased the retirement age and merged private and public sector savings into one universal points-based system.

The 43-year-old put the overhaul of the pensions system in his winning 2017 election manifesto and pressed ahead with the sweeping changes in 2019.

Widespread “Gilets Jaunes” or yellow vest protests were triggered in 2018 following plans to hike fuel taxes, but descended into a wider movement against government policy – including pension reforms.

President Macron suspended his pension plans last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic and has now said his proposals cannot go ahead as planned.

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