‘French government preparing to suspend fuel tax increases’
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. (
Demonstrators face riot police near the Arc of Triomphe in Paris, France.