Macron Delays Fuel-Tax Hike amid Violent Paris Protests

Macron Delays Fuel-Tax Hike amid Violent Paris Protests

Macron Delays Fuel-Tax Hike amid Violent Paris ProtestsFrench president Emmanuel Macron delayed Tuesday a previously planned fuel-tax increase in response to violent public demonstrations that shook Paris on Saturday. The protesters — who refer to themselves as “gilets jaunes,” or “yellow jackets,” to denote the high-visibility vests that all French drivers are required to keep in their cars — burned storefronts and vehicles across Paris on Saturday to protest Macron’s environmental policies. “No tax is worth threatening the unity of the nation,” Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said Tuesday while announcing that the fuel-tax increase, which was set to take effect January 1, will be delayed for six months.