Macron’s government ‘to suspend’ fuel tax hike

Posted: December 4, 2018 by oldbrew in government, ideology, News

Paris protest scene [image credit: BBC]

Kicking the can down the road seems unlikely to be enough to satisfy the protesters.

French government sources have indicated that a fuel tax hike, which has sparked violent protests, will be suspended, says

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is expected to announce the move later on Tuesday.

The French government is preparing to suspend fuel tax increases planned for January 1 in a move to end violent “yellow vest” protests against the measure, a government source said on Tuesday.

Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio said the planned increase will be suspended for several months. [update: six months from Jan. 2019]

“It’s a first step, but we will not settle for a crumb,” said Benjamin Cauchy, one of the leaders of the protests.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right party National Rally (formerly the National Front), tweeted: “A moratorium on taxes is being considered. But a moratorium is only a postponement.”

Republican Senator Bruno Retailleau described the moratorium as a reprieve and “absolutely inadequate.” He said the French people called for “a cancellation.”

Police ‘violence’ probe opened

Meanwhile, the Paris Public Prosecutors Office said it has started an investigation into “violence by persons holding public authority” after a video was broadcast on social networks showing a man apparently being beaten up by eight police officers on Saturday [see link].

Continued here.


  1. pameladragon says:

    Curious just how far governments are willing to go against the will of the governed before the governed decide enough is enough! It would be understandable if these draconian measures would actually accomplish something of worth but this is all virtue-signaling by people who are totally clueless.

  2. hunter says:

    Macron Antoinette and the rest of the climatocracy do not get it.
    That what comes from decades of only hearing what you want.
    When Macron Antoinette, head of the Nation of France, popped off with that bizarre ignorant condemnation of nationalism, I knew something was way off between the vision of his class and reality.
    Destroying a perfectly acceptable nation today to save the world from a delusion about the distant future is much worse than “let them eat cake” by Marie.
    And look where that got her.

  3. ivan says:

    Suspending green fuel tax increases is not enough they must be abandoned for all time says the people of my village that are gearing up for the big push on Monday. They are not happy with all the green moves and replacing reliable nuclear power with unreliable wind generators.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Le retreat…for now.

    French PM suspends planned fuel tax increases for six-month period
    by Reuters
    Tuesday, 4 December 2018

  5. tallbloke says:

  6. Saighdear says:

    Oh I Wish…. that you guys DON’t call it FUEL TAX increase – rather the Carbon / green tax it supposedly is !
    Now as for th e ‘gilets jaunes’ …are English speaking folk missing the trick here? Jills n’ Johns aks Jack and Jill – the UK equivalent… what are THEY doing about it all? I’ve commented on this before on var. Blogs – going nowhere – am I in an Echo Chamber again?

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