France Delays New Fuel Tax After Violent Protests

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In a major U-turn for the government, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced in a live televised address that the planned increases set for January would be postponed until summer.

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After more than two weeks of protests over high fuel prices and intensifying inequality across France under centrist President Emmanuel Macron, the French government announced Tuesday that it would suspend planned price hikes for gas and electricity-but the demands of the so-called "Yellow Vest" protesters have become more broad, and more broadly embraced, as the demonstrations have swelled in size and energy.

The "yellow vest" protests have blocked highways and fuel depots around the country, causing headaches for businesses and fuel shortages in some regions.

His attitude - "I stick to my guns" -aggravated the stand-off as Parisians walked and hitchhiked to work, travel plans were wrecked and public anger intensified - peacefully.

France's largest farmers union now says it will launch protests next week, after the Government said it would delay minimum food price rises until early next year.

A joint statement from the CGT and FO trucking unions protesting a cut to overtime rates called for action from Sunday night. France's transportation minister agreed to meet with truckers' representatives on Thursday.

Many are also anxious after Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume said Wednesday that measures aimed at improving their negotiating power with distributors would be delayed as the government grapples with the "yellow vest" movement.

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The ISF was replaced with a less onerous tax on property holdings with a combined valued of more than €1.3m - though it excluded investments in property shares. "We obviously need to fight against this". Julien Guiller, a spokesman for the regional school administration, told The Associated Press the student was expected to survive.

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

He has refrained from speaking publicly about the protests and has largely remained in his palace residence.

Across France, four people have been killed in accidents linked to the demonstrations and road blockades, and hundreds injured.

Macron, for his part, visited a regional government headquarters that was torched by protesters, but he did not speak to reporters.

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.

He told the AP that the French public needs Macron to "admit he made a mistake, with simple words. that touch the guts and heart of the French".

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