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French government caves to pressure after worst riots in decades

Wednesday - 05/12/2018 05:31
The French government has backed down on planned fuel tax hikes, but furious rioters say they will maintain the rage as the changes are “too little, too late”.
A police car burns after clashes between police and protesters, in Marseille, southern France. Picture: APSource:AP
A police car burns after clashes between police and protesters, in Marseille, southern France. Picture: APSource:AP

The French government has caved in after the worst riots in decades and delayed an increase in energy taxes in response — but it was seen as “too little, too late” by many protesters whose anger seems increasingly focused on embattled President Emmanuel Macron. 

A police car burns after clashes between police and protesters, in Marseille, southern France. Picture: AP
A police car burns after clashes between police and protesters, in Marseille, southern France. Picture: APSource:AP
France's President Emmanuel Macron, delivering a press conference on the second day of the G20 Leader's Summit, in Buenos Aires, on December 1 as riots raged in France. Picture: AP
France's President Emmanuel Macron, delivering a press conference on the second day of the G20 Leader's Summit, in Buenos Aires, on December 1 as riots raged in France. Picture: APSource:AFP

‘MACRON DICTATOR’

Demonstrators were back in the streets wearing their signature yellow vests. They blocked several fuel depots and, on a highway near the southern city of Aubagne, commandeered a toll booth to let motorists pass for free near a sign reading “Macron dictator.”

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