Macron mellows his tone for 'debate' he hopes will stop yellow vest violence

Let’s talk: Emmanuel Macron bids to relaunch his presidency after months of violence by the yellow vest movement. Photo: Reuters

Mary Fitzgerald

Grand Bourgtheroulde is a small town of just over 4,000 inhabitants deep in the heart of Normandy in northern France. Like many towns of its size in rural France, it has felt an increasing sense of marginalisation, of belonging to 'La France périphérique' as an influential 2014 essay by geographer Christophe Guilluy put it.