The French government will deploy 65,000 “security forces” this weekend to clampdown on widening anti-Macron protests sweeping the nation; with authorities warning of “major violence” across the country.
“France will deploy more than 65,000 security forces amid fears of new rioting at protests Saturday in Paris and around the nation, despite President Emmanuel Macron’s surrender over a fuel tax hike that unleashed weeks of unrest,” writes the Associated Press.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told lawmakers Thursday that the government was taking “exceptional” steps to provide security throughout Paris and other major cities.
“No tax deserves to put civil peace in danger,” Philippe said.
The ‘Yellow Vest’ protests began weeks ago to fight the government’s impending ‘fuel tax,’ but have morphed into a larger, anti-Macron movement.
The French President has since “abandoned” the proposed tariff.
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MACRON SURRENDERS: France Moves to Permanently ‘Abandon’ Climate Tax After Protests
French President Emmanuel Macron officially “abandoned” his proposed “fuel tax” Wednesday; with government officials confirming the leader rescinded the tariff after widespread protests.
His Prime Minister told reporters the “tax is now abandoned,” adding the administration is “ready for dialogue” to avoid future violence surrounding the policy.
“One of the activists leading France’s protest movement says that he fears more deaths if Saturday’s demonstration goes ahead, and called for President Emmanuel Macron to speak out and bring calm,” writes ABC News. “French President Emmanuel Macron has scrapped a fuel tax rise amid fears of new violence, after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades.”
“If not there will be chaos,” added another protester before learning of Macron’s reversal.
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ON THE BRINK: Macron May Face ‘No Confidence’ Vote After Paris Riots
The political future of French President Emmanuel Macron hung in the balance Thursday, with lawmakers considering a vote of ‘no confidence’ that could ultimately lead to the leader’s removal after his botched “climate tax” was officially abandoned.
“The Socialist Party, far-left Defiant France and the Communist Party are setting aside their divisions and promising to submit the request to the lower house of parliament, or National Assembly, on Monday. The assembly would hold a no-confidence motion within 48 hours of the request,” writes Fox News.
The legislators would likely need support from Macron’s centrist party to unseat the French president.
Macron abruptly pulled-the-plug on his “fuel tax” Wednesday after weeks of violent demonstrations throughout the country; with gas prices skyrocketing and supplies dwindling across France.
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