It was the Prime Minister Édouard Philippe who was forced into a U-turn in a nationwide television broadcast,
while President Emmanuel Macron remained aloof in Élysée Palace.
For more than three weeks and tens of thousands of French people have been expressing their anger on roundabout toll gates near shopping areas or in the streets of many French towns.
This anger has the brutes, it has been bruiting for a while, it’s often stayed quiet out of reticence of pride.
Today, it is being expressed with force in the collective way. One has to be deaf or blind not to see it or hear it.
But protestors manning the ’yellow vest’ blockades were already rejecting the concessions and demanding more from the government.
No, I don’t think it’s enough.
We’re on an extraordinary movement. There are too many demands, those from pensioners, from young people, from workers.
Everyone wants an increase in purchasing power.
President Macron hopes these concessions will mark the beginning of the end of the protests.
But the ’yellow vests’ believe this could be the beginning of the end for Macron.
The latest opinion poll puts him down at 23%, a record low for a man just 18 months into his presidency.
A school on fire in the South of France.
The protests are spreading on all France to the president’s ambitious reforms.
And what the ’yellow vests’ are calling ’Act 4’ their revolt in Paris is still going ahead on Saturday.