Saturday, 15 December, 2018

French government suspends fuel tax

Paris Saint Germain league fixture postponed due to Paris protests Bertrand GUAY AFP
| 07 December, 2018, 11:09

Paris police said 133 people were injured, including 23 police officers, as crowds trashed the streets of the capital Saturday.

Rescinding the January increase - three euro cents for unleaded and six cents for diesel - was a core demand of the demonstrators, alongside a higher minimum wage and the return of a wealth tax on high-earners which Macron abolished.

The backpedaling by President Emmanuel Macron's government appeared created to calm the nation three days after the worst unrest on the streets of Paris in decades.

After a third consecutive weekend of clashes in Paris led by protesters wearing distinctive yellow traffic vests, Philippe held crisis talks with representatives of major political parties on Monday.

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Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a vocal supporter of the movement, said on Twitter that protesters wanted the fuel tax hike cancelled, not just suspended.

Pressure has been mounting after protests by the grassroots "yellow vest" movement degenerated into the worst street clashes in central Paris in decades at the weekend, leading to scores of injuries and arrests. In the Prefecture of the Haute-Loire, in the centre of the country the protesters should have the administration building was set on fire, the Prefecture said.

"Never has a president communicated like that", Amadieu said. "It's a change of course".

Alain JOCARD  AFP
Alain JOCARD AFP

"As we all know, we are not on track", U.N. Secretary General António Guterres told delegates at the climate conference Tuesday. The Arc de Triomphe, it was with Graffiti slogans such as "Triumph of the yellow West" and "Macron, step back!" sprayed.

The government has not ruled out imposing a state of emergency to combat the protests, which began over fuel taxes but have morphed into a broad opposition front to Macron, 40, a pro-business centrist elected in May 2017.

"People work and pay a lot of taxes and we are fed up", said Rabah Mendez, a protester who marched peacefully Saturday in Paris.

Dozens of cars were torched by the gangs of rioters, some of whom wore gas masks and ski goggles to lessen the effects of tear gas which was sacked continually by police.

Macron's plight illustrates a conundrum: How do political leaders introduce policies that will do long-term good for the environment without inflicting extra costs on voters that may damage their chances of reelection? This is not those thriving in the big cities. Meanwhile, the trade union CGT has called for a day of protest across France on December 14. "He would be victorious, but at the cost of having crushed them".

Some protesters signalled they were satisfied with the government climbdown, including a group who said they would lift their blockade of a petrol depot in Brest, in Brittany. "What we need are gestures that appease, and these must be born out of the one decision every Frenchman is waiting for: scrapping [fuel] tax hikes". Macron has 3 1/2 years left of his five-year mandate and a strong majority in parliament, albeit with signs of simmering unease on the backbenches over his response to the protests. Still, the climbdown is a rare retreat by Macron, whose approval ratings have sunk partly because of a view among many the French that he doesn't listen.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said extra police would be deployed next Saturday on top of the 65,000 out in force last weekend, urging "reasonable" members of the movement to stay at home.

Paris police Prefect Michel Delpuech said some officers described encountering "unprecedented" violence, including protesters using hammers, gardening tools, bolts, aerosol cans as well as rocks in physical confrontations. "The state is losing control".


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