Macron Halts Fuel Tax Hike In Bid To Curb Riots

French protesters continue to riot despite tax delay, refusing to 'settle for crumbs'

Paris riots continue despite fuel tax delay

French protesters, continuing their offensive despite the government's announcement on Tuesday that it would delay increases in energy taxes, are insisting they won't "settle for crumbs".

"The Yellow Vests wish an act IV next Saturday".

The "yellow vest" movement, which originally erupted over anger at fuel tax increases, has ballooned into a wider protest over rising costs of living and a perceived disregard by Macron for the problems facing rural and small-town France. Shops were looted and cars torched in plush neighbourhoods around the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue.

The Arc de Triomphe, which is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and was visited by world leaders last month to mark the centenary of the end of World War I, was sprayed with graffiti and vandalized.

But the protesters show no sign of letting up, and officials expect more demonstrations this weekend.

Just last week, more than 130 people were injured and 412 arrested in rioting in the French capital.

"No tax is worth putting the nation's unity in danger", Philippe said in a televised address.

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

"If we don't get guarantees on the maintaining of overtime hours we will intervene across France, firstly with the truck drivers and then with other sectors like cash-transport vans and refuse collectors".

Another self-proclaimed leader, Thierry Paul Valette, told The Associated Press that protesters are unhappy not just about the price of fuel, but about general economic inequality.

"It's coming too late". That, observers say, makes it more hard for government officials to answer.

Damien Abad, a lawmaker from the centre-right Les Republicains party, also called it "too little, too late".

"What we are asking of you Mr Prime Minister, is not a postponement. It's a change of course".

Trump's tweet relates the French conflict to worldwide disparity between nations in the Paris agreement, and the move to raise taxes was in fact part of Macron's commitment to that agreement, but neither the conflict nor the temporary truce were based on a disparity between nations, but rather on the domestic policy issue of raising taxes and the disparate impact the particular tax would have on the working class.

"I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago", Trump tweeted.

The US president also retweeted conservative pundit Charlie Kirk, who falsely claimed France is a socialist country, the riots in France did not receive any media attention and that protesters shouted "we want Trump".

"Eventually he backed down, which is going to divide the (yellow vest) movement, but it also risks dividing his own political base", said Jerome Sainte-Marie of the PollingVox survey group.

In the port city of Marseille, students clashed with police outside a high school - one of about 100 high schools around France that were blocked or otherwise disrupted by student protests, according to the Education Ministry.

Numerous demonstrations were over a new university application system. Philippe said the increase would go into effect six months later. The reform was part of a broader plan to cut public spending.

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