The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - FROM PAGE ONE -

Since the un­rest in France be­gan Nov. 17 in re­sponse to a sharp in­crease in diesel taxes, four peo­ple have been killed in protest-re­lated ac­ci­dents. Now the de­mands of the “yellow vest” move­ment — named for the flu­o­res­cent safety gear that French mo­torists keep in their cars — is press­ing for a wider range of ben­e­fits from the gov­ern­ment to help work­ers, re­tirees and stu­dents.

Macron on Wed­nes­day agreed to aban­don the fuel tax in­crease, but the pro­test­ers’ anger at his gov­ern­ment has not abated. Macron, since re­turn­ing from the G-20 meeting last week­end, has kept largely out of sight, a move that has puz­zled sup­port­ers and crit­ics.

The 40-year-old leader mostly spent the week hold­ing closed-door meetings in the El­y­see pres­i­den­tial palace, and many pro­test­ers con­sider him to be hid­ing from the peo­ple.

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