Macron scraps fuel tax rise in face of gilets jaunes protests

French government drops measure from budget after weeks of protests that left parts of Paris in flames

The French government has bowed to gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protesters and abandoned the fuel tax rise that has sparked more than three weeks of violence and seen parts of central Paris in flames.

Just a day after announcing a six-month freeze on the eco-tax, the Elysée Palace declared it was dropping the measure from the 2019 budget.

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