Fuel tax rise scrapped

Bay of Plenty Times - - World -

French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron has scrapped a fuel tax rise amid fears of new vi­o­lence, after weeks of na­tion­wide protests and the worst ri­ot­ing in Paris in decades. Protesters cel­e­brated the vic­tory, but some said Macron’s sur­ren­der came too late and is no longer enough to quell the mount­ing anger at the Pres­i­dent, whom they con­sider out of touch with the prob­lems of or­di­nary peo­ple. Macron de­cided yes­ter­day to “get rid” of the tax planned for next year, an of­fi­cial in the Pres­i­dent’s of­fice said. Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe told law­mak­ers the tax is no longer in­cluded in the 2019 Bud­get.

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