By  on December 10, 2018

PARIS — Government officials and retailers across France were scrambling Monday to calculate the economic impact of a series of protests that have gripped the country and severely disrupted consumption during the crucial end-of-year period, casting a cloud on projections for future business.

In a televised speech, French President Emmanuel Macron ended his silence on the so-called “yellow vest” movement Monday evening and moved to contain the damage by pledging a series of measures aimed at raising living standards, such as increasing the minimum wage by around 100 euros a month.

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