French President Emmanuel Macron Has Given In To The Initial Demands Of The Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) Movement And Permanently Cancelled The Proposed Increase Tax On Fuel After A Negative Reaction To A Six-month Deferment.
The Elysée Palace confirmed that the fuel tax hike slated for January, which sparked the Yellow Vest movement, would be cancelled entirely on late Wednesday following a massively negative reaction to Prime Minister Édouard Philippe’s proposal to simply defer the tax for another six months, franceinfo reports.
Clarifying, the palace told franceinfo the increase is not “suspended or deferred,” but “cancelled.”
The Elysée also confirmed the announcement to network France 24.
On Tuesday, representatives of the Yellow Vest movement said the temporary freeze on the tax proposed by the French prime minister was simply not enough. Benjamin Cauchy, a major figure in the movement said, “We will not be put to sleep by a moratorium, the issues are much wider than that,” and added, “the French do not want crumbs, they want the breadstick in full.” – READ MORE