What are the implications for Macron and France?
Macron has said he would never give in to street protests. But this week it appeared he may have done so by suspending the fuel tax plans. Macron – whose own République En Marche was styled as a grassroots movement – was surprised by this sudden revolt. He beat the farright Marine Le Pen in last year’s presidential election, but distrust of politicians never went away. The question is whether he will now tweak his economic policy, hitherto defined by a drive for businesses to become more competitive.