Macron scraps French tax hike amid protests

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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.

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