Fuel tax rise scrapped
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.