Serbia: France's President Macron postpones trip to deal with protests
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic (not pictured) address the media during a press conference on the rejection of Kosovo to the Interpol organization, in Belgrade, Nov. 20, 2018. EPA-EFE/FILE/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC
Belgrade, Dec 3 (efe-epa).- The president of France has postponed a planned visit to Belgrade after his capital Paris was affected by violent protests conducted by the so-called yellow vest movement, Serbia's president said during a televised press conference.
Emmanuel Macron to the decision to instead weigh up how best to tackle the disquiet that led to violent unrest in France after demonstrations that were originally intended to express dissatisfaction with a fuel price hike turned into widespread mayhem on city streets.
"We were preparing for President Macron's visit," said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. "Unfortunately, due to the situation and the problems he faces, President Macron asked me to postpone his visit to our country for a few weeks," Vucic added.
Macron was expected to meet with Vucic late Wednesday and later to pay tribute alongside him to soldiers who fell during World War I.
The French demonstrations snowballed into widespread opposition to Macron's economic reforms which many critics said were skewed in favor of the rich businesses.
The Serbian leader had hoped to discuss his country's bid to join the European Union.