Are the French about to lose a public holiday to finance ‘yellow vest’ reforms?

Are the French about to lose a public holiday to finance 'yellow vest' reforms?
Workers at a Peugeot factory in Mulhouse. Photo: AFP
President Emmanuel Macron is set to announce his long-awaited response to almost half a year of “yellow vest” street protests… but how will he finance them? Could the French be about to lose a public holiday?

The president spoke of the need to make the French “work more” in a speech he was due to make a week ago but which he postponed because of the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

He vowed to lower taxes for the working and middle classes in a measure he said he would pay for by cracking down on tax evasion, and promised a review in 2020 of his highly unpopular decision to cut a “fortune solidarity tax” on high earners.

It is not clear if he will stick to the original script of the speech when he finally outlines his reforms in a press conference due to be held on Thursday.