Law enforcement and fire patrol are struggling to keep the peace (and keep the Champs-Élysées from burning) in Paris as riotous protests enter their eighth day.
Although the most violent — and deadliest — demonstrations have taken place in Paris, protests are being held country-wide over a proposed increase in France’s “fuel tax” designed to curb fuel usage and cut down on carbon emissions to prevent “climate change.” French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing the tax to help cut down on the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and to “fund renewable energy projects,” according to the Associated Press.
“The anger is mainly over a hike in the diesel fuel tax, which has gone up seven euro cents per liter (nearly 30 U.S. cents per gallon) and will keep climbing in coming years, according to Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne. The tax on gasoline is also to increase four euro cents. Gasoline currently costs about 1.64 euros a liter in Paris ($7.06 a gallon), slightly more than diesel,” the AP says.