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France suspends controversial fuel tax after weeks of unrest
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Posted on 12/04/2018 3:56:36 AM PST by Sub-Driver

France suspends controversial fuel tax after weeks of unrest

By James McAuley December 4 at 6:40 AM

PARIS — French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced Tuesday that the French government would temporarily suspend the controversial carbon tax plan that triggered weeks of often violent protests around the country.

To help curb climate change, the government had proposed a slew of new carbon taxes that were slated to take effect in January 2019 and were designed to wean consumers off diesel and other polluting fuels and to favor electric cars. But the price hikes those taxes represented triggered a wave of social unrest unseen in recent years that quickly became a full-blown crisis.

For the better part of three weeks, protesters — clad in high-visibilty yellow vests — took to the streets across the country. In Paris especially, the scenes were particularly violent, with protesters defacing monuments, torching cars and smashing shop windows. The government has weighed the possibility of imposing a “state of emergency” to quell the unrest

Tuesday’s announcement — a six-month suspension of the proposed taxes — represented a major reversal for a government that had initially stood its ground. President Emmanuel Macron, who won the French presidential election in a landslide in 2017, has struggled to maintain his popularity, with critics accusing him of being out of touch with the concerns of ordinary people.

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Oh come on!

How can we save the planet without taxing something?

1 posted on 12/04/2018 3:56:36 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Note the use of the word “temporarily”....


2 posted on 12/04/2018 3:58:09 AM PST by mewzilla (Is Central America emptying its prisons?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Winning! The gilets jaunes forced the French government into a humiliating climbdiwn.

People power works. Tax increases have been scrapped.


3 posted on 12/04/2018 3:59:53 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yesterday police took of their helmets in a show of solidarity with the yellow jackets. Perhaps Macron was advised that this was how Romanian Commie Caucescu ended up getting thrown in front of a firing squad.


4 posted on 12/04/2018 4:01:58 AM PST by albie
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To: goldstategop

It’s not winning yet. The suspension is TEMPORARY. And every headline I’ve seen that far has left that word out.


5 posted on 12/04/2018 4:02:30 AM PST by mewzilla (Is Central America emptying its prisons?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Heard yesterday that the protesters were chanting “we want Trump”


6 posted on 12/04/2018 4:02:33 AM PST by Doogle (( USAF.68-73....8th TFW Ubon Thailand....never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: mewzilla

I think its for good.

Its an unmitigated defeat for the arrogant blowhard Macron. His central policy has been repudiated not only by the French people but by his own government.

The tax hikes are dead.


7 posted on 12/04/2018 4:02:47 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

They’ve been delayed for six months.


8 posted on 12/04/2018 4:02:47 AM PST by bobcat62
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To: goldstategop

And I’m wondering if the suspension will be in place only until the French government can get new laws passed banning protests.


9 posted on 12/04/2018 4:03:32 AM PST by mewzilla (Is Central America emptying its prisons?)
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To: Sub-Driver

L8r


10 posted on 12/04/2018 4:03:37 AM PST by preacher ( Journalism no longer reports news, they use news to shape our society.)
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To: bobcat62

Try never. Reimposing them is politically impossible. People will be back in the streets should they re-emerge.


11 posted on 12/04/2018 4:04:44 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

The French government is talking about infringing on its citizens’ right to protest. Do you really think that same government will walk away from thsee tax hikes?


12 posted on 12/04/2018 4:05:03 AM PST by mewzilla (Is Central America emptying its prisons?)
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To: mewzilla

Force is not going to work. You might as well hold back the tide with your finger.


13 posted on 12/04/2018 4:05:52 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Do you ever read the article posted at the top of a thread?


14 posted on 12/04/2018 4:06:29 AM PST by Justa
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To: Sub-Driver
President Emmanuel Macron, who won the French presidential election in a landslide in 2017, has struggled to maintain his popularity, with critics accusing him of being out of touch with the concerns of ordinary people.

Seriously? "Maintain his popularity"? He would dance naked in the street if he had Trump's popularity!

"Just 19% of French people approve of President Emmanuel Macron's performance since he took office in May 2017"

15 posted on 12/04/2018 4:07:27 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Every nation gets the government it deserves." -Joseph de Maistre)
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To: Sub-Driver

They will find another way to abuse their people.


16 posted on 12/04/2018 4:07:52 AM PST by tinyowl (A is A)
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To: mewzilla

That will be a flash point for more protest. If the government wants to commit suicide, no one can stop it.

The message about taxes has been delivered.


17 posted on 12/04/2018 4:08:03 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Oh, I agree with you. But this is France. And their governments have a long term memory problem.


18 posted on 12/04/2018 4:08:16 AM PST by mewzilla (Is Central America emptying its prisons?)
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To: Sub-Driver

They should keep protesting until the taxes are repealed. Suspend means that they will be coming back as soon as the good French citizens/subjects/slaves will stop marching and protesting.


19 posted on 12/04/2018 4:08:25 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: goldstategop

The message has been delivered, all right. And I’m betting the government will respond with a draconian plan to crack down on protesters.


20 posted on 12/04/2018 4:09:29 AM PST by mewzilla (Is Central America emptying its prisons?)
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