France;President Macron disapproval rate reaches all time record high 76%
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Paris abandons fuel tax hike suspended after sweeping protests – French PM
The French government says it has dropped the fuel tax hike plan that has sparked massive Yellow Vests protests and eventually got suspended with a half-year moratorium Tuesday – at least for the 2019 budget.
French prime minister Edouard Philippe says the French government has abandoned a fuel tax rise which previously had been suspended for six months
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French protesters are welcoming President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to scrap a fuel tax rise planned for next year – but say it may not be enough to contain public anger.
Jacline Mouraud, one of the group’s self-proclaimed spokespeople, told The Associated Press “I think it comes much too late.”
She said each of the disparate protesting groups will decide what to do next, but many will probably keep protesting. She says Macron’s move on Wednesday night “is on the right path but in my opinion it will not fundamentally change the movement.”
She urged protesters to seize on the French government’s weakness to push other demands such as a rise in the minimum wage.