Le president de la Republique en visite dans la Drome
25 January 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron gives a surprise visit to a citizen debate meeting ('debat citoyen') with local residents in Bourg de Peage near Valence, southern France, January 24, 2019. He stayed over 3 hours answering questions and critics from unchosen citizen. Macron is visiting the region as part of the 'Great National Debate' ('Grand Debat National'), a central plank of the Macron's bid to turn around his embattled presidency since the 'yellow vest' (Gilets Jaunes) movement protests. Facing the biggest test of his presidency, the French president has launched a series of public forums, inviting voters to express their concerns and hopes after two months of anti-government protests. The 'Great National Debate', aimed at quelling the 'yellow vest' anger over inequality and the French president's perceived indifference to the struggles of rural and small-town France, will run for two months until March 15, 2019.