French PM calls for calm as he suspend fuel tax

French prime minister Édouard Philippe: 'No tax deserves to jeopardize the unity of the nation'. Announces suspension of fuel tax rise following 'gilets jaunes’ protests

French PM calls for calm as he suspend fuel tax

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Tuesday new concessions to "yellow vest" protesters, saying planned increases in the price of fuel would be suspended for six months.

"No tax merits putting the unity of the nation in danger," Philippe said in a televised address, adding that the anger on the streets "originates from a profound injustice: of not being able to live with dignity from one's work".

He added that any future protests should be declared in advance and "take place calmly".

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