French President Emmanuel Macron caved to “Yellow Vest” protesters this week; announcing a six-month suspension of his proposed fuel tax after nationwide protests turned violent amid widespread gasoline shortages.
According to Reuters, “France’s prime minister on Tuesday suspended planned increases to fuel taxes for at least six months in response to weeks of sometimes violent protests, the first major U-turn by President Emmanuel Macron’s administration after 18 months in office.”
“The French who have donned yellow vests want taxes to drop, and work to pay. That’s also what we want. If I didn’t manage to explain it, if the ruling majority didn’t manage to convince the French, then something must change,” said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
“No tax is worth jeopardizing the unity of the nation,” he added.
The “Yellow Vest” protests started in November, but have turned into a broader anti-Macron demonstration as students, first responders, and others have joined in recent days.
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PARIS BURNING: France Sees Worst Riots in 50 YEARS as Gas Supplies Dwindle
Paris saw its worst riots in 50 years over the weekend as gas stations ran dry during the country’s escalating oil shortage; leaving more than one hundred injured and graffiti covering the iconic city’s famed landmarks.
According to the Daily Mail, Graffiti was removed from the Arc de Triomphe Monday after the weekend’s violent clashes between “yellow vest” protesters and police.
The demonstrators “occupied” central Paris to highlight the growing fuel shortage with hundreds of gas stations completely out of oil.
“The French President – who faced calls to resign from protesters who scrawled anti-Macron slogans on the Arc de Triomphe – today vowed to bring the rioters to justice as he inspected wreckage on the Champs-Elysees,” writes the Daily Mail.
“The ‘yellow vest’ protests, which began as a rebellion against a fuel tax hike but have expanded into weeks of civil unrest, spread across the country yesterday and ended with 133 people injured, including 23 police officers, and 412 arrested last night,” adds the author.
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CHAOS IN PARIS: French Paramedics, First Responders, Students Join Fuel Protests
The widespread protests sweeping Paris escalated Monday as first responders and students joined the massive demonstrations against gasoline shortages and a lack of fuel throughout the country.
“Anti-government protesters gained new allies Monday as French paramedics and students joined ongoing rallies while the prime minister met with political rivals in a bid to ease the anger following riots that rocked Paris,” writes the Associated Press.
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“On Saturday, more than 130 people were injured and 412 arrested in the French capital amid one of the worst waves of unrest in the country in recent years. Police responded with tear gas and water cannons, closing down dozens of streets and subway stations to contain the riot,” adds the AP.
The “Yellow Vest” movement -named after the bright jackets worn by emergency workers and construction crews across France- rocked Paris over the weekend; injuring more than 100 and leading to the arrests of 400 individuals.
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