PARIS – The measures announced Tuesday morning by the French government to solve the social crisis caused by the movement of "Yellow Vests" were welcomed by the organizations employers and unions in France, while the demonstrators decided to lift the blockages observed at the level of oil depots.
"The announcements of the Prime Minister have paved the way for dialogue," said in a statement, Alain Griset, President of the Union of Local Businesses (U2P), representing artisans, traders and liberal professions.
"These measures must put an end to the blockage of the economy and to the losses already suffered by our companies which must return to a normal activity as soon as possible", added the manager, asking "solemnly stop the movement of the vests yellow. "
Welcoming announcements likely to "respond to the anger expressed by some of the French", Medef hoped, for its part, that this six-month moratorium would "put an end to the unacceptable blockages experienced by the French economy. . "
In its communiqué, the Medef said it will participate in the consultation with the social partners and regions that the government wants to open from December 15 to find solutions to accompany the energy transition.
The announcements of Edouard Philippe constitute "an act of openness on the part of the government," said meanwhile Jean-Eudes Le Mesnil du Buisson, Secretary General of the Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CPME).
"It was imperative to break the impasse in which we had been for three weeks," said AFP boss. "What is essential today is to allow economic activity to resume its course and the blockages come to an end," he added.
According to Mr. du Mesnil du Buisson, the CPME will participate in the debate on the modernization of public spending and the French tax system, which the executive wants to conduct from December 15, 2018 until March 1, 2019. " We will insist that the issue of taxation in its entirety be addressed, including local taxation, which worries many business leaders, "said the head of management.
With the exception of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), which did not appreciate the decisions taken by the Executive, other French unions welcomed the government's announcements on taxes, saying they can contribute to appeasement if the government engages "in a sincere dialogue" in which the power stations count especially on wages.
This "must allow a form of appeasement", responded the Secretary General of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), Laurent Berger, speaking on the columns of the press, while Force Ouvrière (FC) considered that "the moratorium on taxes and the stability of the cost of electricity meet a demand to allow the installation of a dialogue, and in particular of the social dialogue".
"These first measures also have the merit of creating the conditions for dialogue," said the French Confederation of Christian Workers (CFTC).
In this context, the blockage of oil deposits in Brest and Lorient were lifted Tuesday afternoon, a few hours after the announcements of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. A few hours after the lifting of the blockage at the Brest depot, public works contractors who had been blocking the oil depot in Lorient (Morbihan) for seven days in support of the "yellow vests" ended their action on Tuesday. -midi, local media reported.
French protesters praised "the state's effort" and "satisfactory" the six-month moratorium on taxes announced by the prime minister. Among them, Jacline Mouraud, one of the figures of the "yellow vests", who considered that the announcements of the Prime Minister Edouard Philippe "go in the good sense", pleading however for the cancellation of the ecological taxes and the restoration of the Taxation on fortune (ISF).