French govt to announce suspension of carbon tax, following violent protests

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The French government is to announce that it will suspend the proposed fuel price hike following violent protests that erupted across the country.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told the ruling party members that he will address the nation on TV and announce the “gestures of appeasement”, the BBC \reported.

Protests by grassroots-based “gilets jaunes” (yellow vests), marked by violence and vandalism, has so far resulted in three deaths. With wide participation, the protests have support from across the political spectrum.

It was triggered by the rising cost of gasoline and diesel fuel and a proposed carbon tax, which was to start in January.

On Saturday over 36,000 people turned up on the streets, and the police arrested some 400.

Read more: France in the grip of protests, triggered by carbon tax

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