France cancels fuel tax hikes amid protests

Paris riots continue despite fuel tax delay

But the protest has mushroomed into a much wider rejection of Macron and his policies, which the Yellow Vests say favor the rich. "Macron came out of the banks and finance, and that goes down very badly for many people", says Thierry Paul Valette, a protest coordinator in Paris.

Police have advised shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees to shut for the day. On Tuesday night, he was jeered as he travelled to a regional government headquarters that was torched by protesters over the weekend.

Police unions and local authorities are holding emergency meetings Thursday to strategize - while disparate groups of protesters are sharing plans on social networks and chat groups.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told senators Thursday that "exceptional measures" would be in place on Saturday in addition to the deployment of 65,000 security forces across France.

One of the demands from the protesters, who are mostly from rural or small-town France, is a repeal of Mr. Macron's move past year to cut the ISF "fortune tax" which was previously levied on high-earners. And in a move questioned by both critics and supporters, the president himself has disappeared from public view.

Although the students are demanding an end to testing overhauls and stricter university entrance requirements, they have seized on the momentum of the ongoing "yellow vest" protests against President Emmanuel Macron.

One police union, Vigi, called for a strike of its administrative staff working in the interior ministry for Saturday - saying that without the support of such staff, riot police would be immobilised. "But they do have something in common with the extreme right and the radical left: a profound dislike of Mr. Macron".

Some officials, however, hope that the lack of clear leadership will lead the movement to break apart.

Last weekend, more than 130 people were injured and 412 arrested in rioting in the French capital.

A police spokeswoman said that an investigation is under way into that incident and police are examining other videos online for possible violations.

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Mass protests have repeatedly forced French presidents into U-turns, something Macron had vowed to avoid in his quest to "transform" the French economy and state. For fuel, this means a 23 percent increase in taxes just this year, hitting popular diesel especially hard, at a time when taxes already make up about 60 percent of the price.

The left-wing parties alone don't have almost enough votes to bring down the government, since Macron's centrist Republic on the Move party has a strong majority in the 577-seat house.

France has suspended planned increases in fuel taxes for six months after violent protests in the streets of Paris and other cities.

"No tax is worth putting the nation's unity in danger", Philippe said in a live televised address.

And the Spaniard has got off to a solid start at Emirates Stadium with Arsenal having won nine and drawn three of his first 14 Premier League matches in charge of the club. Rampaging groups threw cobblestones through storefronts and looted valuables in some of the city's richest neighborhoods.

Clement Rozey, manager of a motorcycle shop in western Paris, spent two days and nights cleaning up after watching helplessly last weekend as thugs smashed his shop windows and emptied his shelves. Although Macron activated an additional 4,600 security personnel and had tall barriers erected along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, demonstrators managed to reach the Arc de Triomphe, partly vandalizing the war memorial under the arch.

Since returning from the G20 summit in Argentina, Macron has either remained in his palace residence or else shied away from speaking publicly about the protests that have created his biggest political crisis since taking office last May.

"We need taxes, but they are not properly redistributed", protester Thomas Tricottet told BFM television.

"Do not hide at the Elysee, do not ask others to do what the French expect of you, listen to them, hear them before Saturday", she told reporters.

But violent troublemakers who pillage and riot?

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