France mulls wealth tax changes as protests intensify

Eileen GuzmanDec 06, 2018

The French government's decision to suspend fuel tax and utility price hikes has done to appease protesters, who called the move a "first step" and vowed to fight on after large-scale rioting in Paris last weekend.

The demonstrations started on November 17 in Paris. "The French don't want crumbs, they want a baguette".

But demonstrations continued around the country.

When he was elected past year, his economic reform was meant to improve the lives of French people through lower unemployment and a kick-started economy.

A protester wearing a yellow vest, the symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel fuel prices, holds a flag near burning debris at the approach to the A2 Paris-Brussels Motorway, in Fontaine-Notre-Dame, France, December 4, 2018. They put up a sign by the side of the road reading "Macron dictator".

"If your only response, Mr Prime Minister, is the suspension of Macron's fuel taxes, then you still haven't realised the gravity of the situation", Abad said.

Macron had asked political leaders to meet the protest organizers this week. In the southern city of Marseille, students clashed with police outside a high school.

"I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protesters in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago", Trump tweeted.

Whether or not the cancellation of the fuel tax will end the protests is unclear as members of the movement have already called for a "fourth act" to take place on Saturday. Shops were looted and cars torched in plush neighbourhoods around the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue.

The Arc de Triomphe, which is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and was visited by world leaders last month to mark the centenary of the end of World War I, was sprayed with graffiti and vandalized.

Macron's office said he would not speak publicly about the violence "for the time being", though he met briefly with a protester at his office Tuesday.

Mouraud said each of the disparate protesting groups will decide what to do next, but many will probably keep protesting.

President Emanuel Macron announced the tax increases last month.

The concessions made by France's prime minister in a bid to stop the huge and violent anti-government demonstrations that have been rocking France over the past three weeks, seem to have so far failed to convince protesters, with trade unions and farmers now threatening to join the fray. "The interior minister will use all means to ensure order is respected".

Damien Abad, a lawmaker from the centre-right Les Republicains party, also called it "too little, too late".

The French government performed an embarrassing U-turn after violent protests against a new carbon tax forced it to back down; Benjamin Hall reports.

Christophe Chalencon said that "if not there will be chaos", with risks of more deaths.

Related Articles:



« Previous article
Next article »


Popular Pages

Graham wants Senate resolution on Saudi prince
Senators overwhelmingly voted last week to move forward on a resolution curtailing US backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Khashoggi , a U.S. resident who wrote for the Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Hardcastle: New NAFTA deal is an 'epic, epic fail'
In October the Port of Los Angeles - the nation's largest port - had the busiest month in its 111-year history. It's not going to be easy, but I do think it is different from when the first NAFTA was passed.

US Secretary of Defense: Vladimir Putin is "slow learner"
However, Mattis said that he didn't think the threat from Russian Federation to American elections had increased. On Saturday, Putin said he hopes a meeting with Trump will take place "when the USA is ready". "Mr.

Ex-Seahawks player Brandon Browner sentenced to 8 years for attempted murder
He allegedly broke a locked window and stole a $20,000 Rolex watch before fleeing the scene. Brandon Browner's mug shot from the La Verne (Calif.) Police Department.

Trump-Xi consensus reached on trade but statements differ — Global Geopolitical Series
The U.S. delegation included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Chief of Staff John Kelly, U.S. The agreement keeps those tariffs at 10 percent for at least the next 90 days while the countries negotiate further.

Britain can unilaterally end Brexit process, says top EU court lawyer
However, that would change if there was a second referendum in which the British people voted to remain in the EU. While the ECJ, which is based in Luxembourg, often follows advice from an Advocate General, it does not always.

Relax! You'll still be able to stream Friends in SA
According to Decider , Friends will be gone as of January 1st, 2019 and fans have taken to Twitter with all kinds of sentiments. Similarly, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter that the "departure is a rumor".

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 One UI Android Pie Update Released for India
What we do know is that the 855 will probably power the bulk of next year's high-end smartphones (because what else would?). All in the name of progress, of course . "It can only get better", said Samsung's SVP of product marketing, Justin Denison.

Knowledge-sharing site Quora says 100 million users hit by security breach
It found that that some user data was compromised by a third party who gained unauthorised access to one of its systems. The hackers also obtained details about users' activity on Quora, such as questions, answers, upvotes and downvotes.

Queen 'reminded Barack of his gran', Michelle Obama says
She also spoke directly to the girls of the importance of supporting each other. "We are demonised", she said. The goal, she said, is for women to run half of all companies, and men to run half of all homes.