French President Emmanuel Macron’s concessions to the Yellow Vests

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about French President Emmanuel Macron’s concessions to the gilets jaunes, the Yellow Vest protest movement. There’s “On This Day”, music by request from listener Hans Verner Lollike – and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


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La Bohème

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This week’s quiz: On 15 December, I asked you a question about the Gilets Jaunes, or the Yellow Vests. Earlier that week, French president Emmanuel Macron spoke to the French people and offered concessions to help the people who are suffering from low wages and an ever-higher cost of living. I asked you to tell me what President Emmanuel Macron offered to help the Gilets Jaunes, the people who live, mainly, in France’s rural areas.

The answer is: Mr. Macron said there would be a supplement of 100 euros, or about 115 U-S dollars, to workers earning the monthly minimum wage, starting this month; that taxes on overtime pay would be eliminated, and that retirees whose earnings are less than 2,000 euros a month - about 2,270 U-S dollars - will no longer be asked to pay a recent increase in social security taxes.

He also promised to listen to the voices of the country, to its small-town mayors and its working people.

The winners are: Two RFI Listeners Club members won this week’s quiz: Mr S J Agboola from Ekiti State, Nigeria and Zenon Teles from Goa, India – he’s the president of the Christian - Marxist - Leninist - Maoist Association of Listening DX-ers. There are two winners who are members of independent RFI Clubs: Md Rana from the RFI Fan Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh and Raihan Ali, from the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh. Last but not least, Shatrudhan Sharma from Rajasthan, India.

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Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “Russian Dance” from the ballet Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky, performed by the Savaria Symphony Orchestra of Hungary conducted by Valeria Martinelli; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; “The Neighbors’ Dance” from the ballet The Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla, performed by pianist Alicia de Larrocha, and “La Bohème”, written by Jacques Plante and Charles Aznavour, sung by Charles Aznavour.

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