Macron’s government ‘to suspend’ fuel tax hike

Paris protest scene [image credit: BBC]

Kicking the can down the road seems unlikely to be enough to satisfy the protesters.

French government sources have indicated that a fuel tax hike, which has sparked violent protests, will be suspended, says DW.com.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is expected to announce the move later on Tuesday.

The French government is preparing to suspend fuel tax increases planned for January 1 in a move to end violent “yellow vest” protests against the measure, a government source said on Tuesday.

Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio said the planned increase will be suspended for several months.

“It’s a first step, but we will not settle for a crumb,” said Benjamin Cauchy, one of the leaders of the protests.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right party National Rally (formerly the National Front), tweeted: “A moratorium on taxes is being considered. But a moratorium is only a postponement.”

Republican Senator Bruno Retailleau described the moratorium as a reprieve and “absolutely inadequate.” He said the French people called for “a cancellation.”

Police ‘violence’ probe opened

Meanwhile, the Paris Public Prosecutors Office said it has started an investigation into “violence by persons holding public authority” after a video was broadcast on social networks showing a man apparently being beaten up by eight police officers on Saturday.

Continued here.

Also: MACRON BAILS ON CLIMATE SUMMIT AS FRANCE MELTS DOWN OVER HIGH GAS TAXES — The DC

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December 4, 2018 at 04:27AM

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