‘French gov­ern­ment pre­par­ing to sus­pend fuel tax in­creases’

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PARIS – The French gov­ern­ment is pre­par­ing to sus­pend fuel tax in­creases, a gov­ern­ment source said on Tues­day, f oll ow­ing vi­o­lent protests against the mea­sures.

Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe was due to an­nounce the sus­pen­sion l ater on Tues­day, the source added, in what would mark Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s first sig­nif­i­cant U-turn on a ma­jor pol­icy since tak­ing power in 2017.

The so- called “yel­low vests” protests, which started on Nov. 17, were fo­cused on de­nounc­ing a squeeze on house­hold spend­ing brought about by Macron’s taxes on diesel, which he says are nec­es­sary to com­bat cli­mate change and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

How­ever, they have since evolved into a big­ger, gen­eral anti- Macron up­ris­ing, with many crit­i­ciz­ing the pres­i­dent for pur­su­ing poli­cies they claim f avor t he r i chest mem­bers of French so­ci­ety.

Protests i n Paris on Satur­day turned par­tic­u­larly vi­o­lent, with t he Arc de Tri­om­phe de­faced and av­enues off the cap­i­tal’s Champs El­y­sees suf­fer­ing dam­age. (

AFP

Demon­stra­tors face riot po­lice near the Arc of Tri­om­phe in Paris, France.

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