Macron Halts Fuel Tax Hike In Bid To Curb Riots

Agence France-Presse reports:

The French government plans to announce Tuesday the suspension of fuel tax increases slated for January in a bid to quell the fierce protests which have ballooned into the deepest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, sources said.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will also unveil other measures to help boost the living standards of low-income households, the government sources told AFP. Pressure has been mounting after the grassroots “yellow vest” movement degenerated into fiery street clashes and vandalism in Paris over the weekend, leading to scores of injuries and arrests.

Rescinding the fuel tax hike was the main demand of the demonstrators, alongside a higher minimum wage and the return of a wealth tax on high-earners which was abolished last year.