Monday 10 December 2018

French Prime Minister confirms suspension of France's fuel tax hikes

Edouard Philippe, left, Emmanuel Macron and Gerard Collomb (Francois Guillot, Pool via AP)
Edouard Philippe, left, Emmanuel Macron and Gerard Collomb (Francois Guillot, Pool via AP)

Samuel Petrequin

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced a suspension of fuel tax and utility hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that has swept across Paris.

Mr Philippe said the planned increase, which has provoked violent riots and was set to be introduced in January, will be suspended for six months.

He said "no tax is worth putting the nation's unity in danger".

More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 arrested over the weekend during France's worst urban riot in years, with dozens of cars set alight.

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