First story this Monday takes us to France where the nation's president is getting ready to address his country Monday. Growing protests have put tremendous pressure on his government. This is because of the "Yellow Vest" movement. It's called that because demonstrators wear the yellow safety vests that French drivers are required to keep in their cars.
It began over the French government's planned increase in fuel taxes. But it's expanded to include the rising costs of living, the gap between France's rich and poor, and general dissatisfaction with French President Emmanuel Macron. His government has cancelled plans to raise the fuel tax.
He's planning to meet with business and political leaders, trade unions and local officials on Monday to hear their concerns. And his national address is expected to focus on national unity.
But the protests, which have been going on for four weekends now, have had an impact. Because of violence at some of them, sports events have been cancelled. The Eiffel Tower has been closed to the public. France's finance minister says the protests have created a catastrophe for the nation's economy and all this has raised questions about the future of the French presidency as well as the future of Europe.
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The interior minister came out and shared some of the numbers. He said that nationwide, about 125,000 people have joined these protests, 10,000 of them here in Paris. He also said that 1,385 people were brought in for questioning, 974 remained in custody.
Now, what's interesting is that earlier this week, the fuel tax that sparked these demonstrations that began on the 17 of November was cancelled, but nonetheless, there is broad discontent with the situation in France under the leadership of Emmanuel Macron, who is 40 years old, a former investment banker, many people feel that he's simply out of touch with the reality of life in France today.
So, there's a very good possibility that next week, there will be more protests.
该运动的起因是民众对法国政府上调燃油税的计划感到不满 。但是，这一运动不断扩大，现在示威者也开始抗议不断上涨的生活成本、法国的贫富差距，并表达对法国总统埃马纽埃尔·马克龙的普遍不满 。他的政府已经取消了上调燃油税的计划 。
但是，连续进行了四个周末的抗议活动已经造成了影响 。由于一些抗议活动爆发了暴力事件，导致体育赛事被取消 。埃菲尔铁塔也已经对公众关闭 。法国财政部长表示，抗议活动对法国经济造成了灾难性冲击，这一切使人们对法国总统的未来以及欧洲的未来产生了疑问 。
CNN高级国际记者本·魏德曼：法国内政部长公布了一些数据 。他说，约有12.5万人参加在法国各地举行的抗议活动，其中巴黎有1万人 。他还表示，有1385人接受问询，974人仍被拘押 。
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