May 27, 2019
Latest News
European Union

French government to suspend fuel tax hike after weeks of yellow vest unrest

 Cars burn as protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) clash with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe as part of a demonstration over high fuel prices on the Champs Elysee in Paris, France, Dec. 1, 2018. EPA-EFE/YOAN VALAT

Cars burn as protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) clash with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe as part of a demonstration over high fuel prices on the Champs Elysee in Paris, France, Dec. 1, 2018. EPA-EFE/YOAN VALAT

Paris, Dec 4 (efe-epa).- The French government on Tuesday suspended its plans to hike fuel taxes following a huge public backlash that saw weeks of tense and violent protests as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators clad in fluorescent clothing blockaded roads across the nation and clashed with security forces in the capital.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe made the announcement in a televised speech following an emergency cabinet meeting called by President Emmanuel Macron to analyze the response to the so-called "gilet jaunes" (yellow vests) protests.

"I suspend, for a period of six months, these fiscal measures," Philippe said in an address. "They will not be applied until they have been debated by all concerned parties. During this time, we will identify how these measures can be brought into effect in a fair and effective manner," he added.

The PM said that all French citizens had the right to protest, as it was one of the pillars of the Republic, but condemned acts of violence that took place during the demonstrations.

"The government does not accept the violence that took place last Saturday against law enforcement, against national monuments, public buildings and businesses," he added.

The protest movement, named after the high visibility jackets worn by participants and mobilized largely through social media, grew quickly after Macron announced plans to raise taxes on diesel and gasoline, but turned sour in Paris over the weekend as violent clashes erupted with riot police.

Some protesters torched parked vehicles and vandalized shops, and police detained around 600 people nationwide.

French press has billed the unrest as Macron's greatest political test since taking office in May 2017.

Members of the gilet jaunes had been slated to meet with the PM later on Tuesday but the encounter was looking increasingly doubtful after some protesters threatened to block access to the talks.

Macron was forced to cancel a scheduled two-day visit to Serbia in a bid to find an end to the stand-off.

The fuel tax increase had been due to come into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

News history
Renault confirms it has received a merger proposal from Fiat Chrysler

Paris, May 27 (efe-epa).- The Renault car manufacturing group confirmed on Monday that it had received a proposal from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to...

Fiat Chrysler unveils Renault merger proposal

By Sean McLain, Nick Kostov and Eric Sylvers

Hamilton quickest at Monaco as F1 remembers Lauda at free practice sessions

Monaco, May 23 (efe-epa).- Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time around the street circuit of Monte Carlo's capital during both the...

FAA's acting chief won't predict when Boeing 737 MAX will return to flight

By Andy Pasztor

Holland heads into European elections with 2 far-right parties in the running

By Imane Rachidi

India's antitrust watchdog surveys e-commerce firms including Amazon, Walmart

New Delhi, May 22 (efe-epa).- India's antitrust watchdog is assessing the domestic e-commerce sector, a step that could have consequences for Amazon.com...

Ryanair: This year's profit to be dented by Boeing 737 MAX grounding

By Robert Wall

5 countries to watch out for in the run-up to European Parliament elections

By Lara Malvesi

Uber's stock tumbles further

By Maureen Farrell, Corrie Driebusch and Justin Baer

Saudi oil tankers attacked before entering Persian Gulf

Dubai, May 13 (efe-epa).- Two Saudi Arabian oil tankers suffered significant damage in an attack over the weekend near the Strait of Hormuz, the kingdom's...

Report: Co-founder backs Facebook breakup

New York (USA), May 10 (efe-epa).- Chris Hughes, who helped Mark Zuckerberg create the company that eventually became Facebook, is calling for the...

Uber is the largest new US listing since 2014, valuation at $82 billion

By Corrie Driebusch and Maureen Farrell

Barcelona's 4-0 loss at Liverpool poses serious questions

Barcelona, May 8 (efe-epa).- Barcelona’s stinging 4-0 defeat at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium has ended the Catalan powerhouse’s dream of another Champions...

Hackers steal more than $40 million of Bitcoin from cryptocurrency exchange

Shanghai (China), May 8 (efe-epa).- Binance, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, said hackers stole more than $40 million worth of bitcoin...

Stocks continue to fall as uncertainty over trade talks persists

New York (USA), May 8 (efe-epa).- Global stocks continued to tumble on Wednesday as a familiar worry threatens to end the unwavering rally that has defined...

Facebook's opportunity in groups

By Laura Forman

Shares of pork producer WH Group pounded

By Steven Russolillo and Lucy Craymer

Bombardier consolidated aviation units, to divest from N. Ireland, Morocco

Montreal, Canada, May 2 (efe-epa).- Aircraft and railway train manufacturing company Bombardier Inc. said it would consolidate its aerospace assets into a...

France set to introduce safety measures to protect heritage after Notre-Dame

Paris, May 2 (efe-epa).- France looks set to reinforce security measures at its cathedrals and other national monuments when repair and refurbishment works...

Puzzle: Why certain safety features on Boeing 737 MAX jets were turned off

By Andy Pasztor

Bottas wary of Azerbaijan F1 circuit's unpredictability, Raikkonen loses P8

Baku, Apr 28 (efe-epa).- Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who best took advantage of the conditions while qualifying for the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand...

Ferrari fastest in Azerbaijan F1 GP practice, Leclerc leading teammate Vettel

Baku, Apr 27 (efe-epa).- The final practice session before the season’s fourth Formula One Grand Prix race in Azerbaijan was dominated on Saturday by...

UK's opposition leader, Speaker to snub President Trump with dinner refusals

London, Apr 27 (efe-epa).- The leader of the United Kingdom’s opposition party and the speaker of parliament have both said they will snub the president of...

Azerbaijan GP marred as Williams hits drain cover, Ferrari's Leclerc fastest

Baku, Apr 26 (efe-epa).- Practice ahead of Formula One's fourth race of the season in Azerbaijan was marred by a manhole cover from street drains that came...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.