Macron scraps French tax hike amid protests
French President Emmanuel Macron scrapped a fuel tax rise Wednesday amid fears of new violence, after weeks of 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 their president, whom they consider out of touch with ordinary people.
Macron decided 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.