Macron Halts Fuel Tax Hike In Bid To Curb Riots

Macron Halts Fuel Tax Hike In Bid To Curb Riots

Macron Halts Fuel Tax Hike In Bid To Curb Riots

Apparently, the Earth can wait half a year to be saved.

The French government signalled on Wednesday that it was prepared to make further concessions to "yellow vest" protesters, even raising a possible rollback on a controversial move to cut taxes for high earners a year ago.

The protests began on Nov 17 in opposition to rising fuel taxes, but they have ballooned into a broad challenge to Macron's pro-business agenda and complaints that he is out of touch with the struggles of ordinary people.

The president's approval rating fell to 23 percent in a poll conducted late last week, down six points from the previous month, while the prime minister's rating fell 10 points to 26 percent.

Griveaux stressed that the tax hikes could be scrapped permanently if no agreement was reached during consultations over the next six months. That's also what we want.

He added that "no tax should endanger national unity" and the "violence must stop".

"It's a first step, but we will not settle for a crumb", said Benjamin Cauchy, a protest leader.

"He won the French title at PSG, but they didn't succeed in the Champions League and some players didn't show respect to him". If the tax take falls then spending must fall, because we don't want to pass our debts on to our children.

Trade unions so far have not played a role in the yellow vest protest movement but are now trying to capitalize on growing public anger.

Until he scrapped the fuel tax rise, Macron's actions after returning from the G-20 summit in Argentina had done little to persuade protesters that he was listening to their concerns. Others won't be satisfied until the Macron government is replaced.

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Jacline Mouraud, one of the self-proclaimed spokespeople for the disparate yellow vest movement, told the AP that Macron's concession "comes much too late, unfortunately". "I'm calling for responsibility".

Some lawmakers have jumped into the conversation as well. "What we are asking of you, Mr".

About 2 million transport workers, from urban transit drivers to high-speed train engineers, brought the country to a halt over Prime Minister Alain Juppe's plan to reform the social-benefits system, impose welfare cutbacks and raise the retirement age for public transport workers. "It's a change of course".

Some officials, however, hope that the lack of clear leadership will lead the movement to break apart.

The past two weekends, though, saw outpourings of violence and rioting in Paris, with extreme far-right and far-left factions joining the demonstrations.

The farmers' grievances include financial charges on their operations, the head of the main agricultural union said. Last Saturday, upscale shopping districts and even the Arc de Triomphe were attacked, with the vandals breaking storefront windows and defacing the premises with graffiti. Police used tear gas to control crowds.

Riots in France are raging into their fourth week, but American mainstream media outlets like CBS and CNN are having a tough time reporting on exactly why tens of thousands of French citizens are taking to the streets - perhaps because the protests are motivated by French President Emmanuel Macron's burdensome "anti-Climate Change" policies.

Philippe canceled a trip to the COP24 climate conference in Poland to address the issue, which had threatened to flare again this coming weekend.

During this two years in charge, PSG won one Ligue 1 title, as well as the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue in both seasons.

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