The French premier says the country’s government is entirely abandoning a fuel tax hike that was previously only suspended for six months following violent protests.
Addressing the Lower House of parliament, Edouard Philippe said the tax increase has been dropped from the 20-19 budget bill. He also voiced the government’s readiness for dialog. President Emmanuel Macron has also called on rival political leaders as well as trade unions to calm the anti-government anger. The protests began on November 17 in opposition to the rise in fuel taxes. But they have ballooned into a broad challenge to Macron’s government. Four people have been killed and hundreds injured as a result of the rallies.
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