Antoine Goldet is a freelance journalist based in Paris, France.
As the French president introduces a process of dialogue with a ´Great National Debate’, many wonder whether it will help bring more democracy or end up being a diversion to control the news cycle.
Accused of committing violence in the past, residents of the country's vast suburbs are no longer silent over the government's economic policies as they begin to show up at yellow vest protests, causing more worries for the Macron administration.
In the face of budget cuts, the loss of autonomy and other tough measures taken by central government, France is dealing with a wave of resignations by mayors and even municipal councillors, causing a crisis in local governance.
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