Macron Suspends Proposed Fuel-tax amid Yellow Vest Protests

By: Taarek Refaat

PARIS, Dec. 5 (SEE)- French President Emmanuel Macron stated on Wednesday that his government suspended the proposed fuel-tax after weeks of nationwide protests.

The government had announced previously that it would postpone the tax increase for another six months however, it was forced to suspend the new bill amid severe clashes between “Yellow Vest” protesters and security forces.

“We are ready for dialogue and we have proven so by suspending the proposed tax from our 2019 budget,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.

Awakened by rising fuel prices, the high cost of living and the government’s new tax reforms, protests started on November 17.

According to the French interior ministry, the number of protesters was 287,710.

Protests lead to the death of 4 French citizens and the injury of more than 1200 including police officers.

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