In a statement aired Monday night on French television and radio networks, he urged companies to pay their workers a year-end bonus that won't be taxed, ended levies on overtime, indicated the government would fund a 100-euro a month ($114) increase in the minimum wage, and abolished a controversial tax on pensions below 2000 euros a month.
The French president addressed the country for the first time since anti-tax protests by the Gilet Jaunes (yellow vests) turned into violent rioting in Paris two weekends ago after rolling on since 17 November.
French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to cut taxes for pensioners and raise the minimum wage in January - but refused to reinstate a wealth tax.
"I know some of you have been hurt by my words".
He stressed, however, that the protests by mostly low-income people in small town or rural France were the result of long-term problems.
"But their distress does not date from yesterday.it comes from very far, but it's there now".
However, the centrist leader insisted the protesters' "malaise" is as old as he is - 40 years - and coincides with France struggling in recent decades to keep up with globalization.
TRT World's Assed Baig has more from Paris.
But the move was seen as too little, too late by the protesters, who held a fourth round of protests on Saturday to press for further concessions on reducing inequality.
She said the French government was exploring ways to revamp fiscal policies to achieve environmental aims.
Authorities say 136,000 people took part in protests across France on Saturday, including 10,000 in Paris.
French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to speak to the nation at last, after increasingly violent protests against his leadership. I take my share of responsibility.
"No anger justifies attacking a police officer or public property", he said.
Speaking with a soft voice and gentle tone, Macron pleaded for a return to calm after nearly four weeks of protests that started in neglected provinces to oppose fuel tax increases and progressed to rioting in Paris and a plethora of broad demands.
One of the faces of the "yellow vest" movement appeared unconvinced as well.
Right-wing opposition leader Marine Le Pen, Macron's rival in last year's presidential run-off election, welcomed some of the tax measures announced, but accused Macron of being the harbinger of "savage" globalisation.
In a week or less, the European Union will be knocking on Macron's door asking him how he will pay for it.
And he denounced the protest-associated violence that led to hundreds of injuries, more than 1,000 arrests and the ransacking of stores in some of Paris' richest neighbourhoods.