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Victory: Macron Permanently Cancels Planned Fuel Tax Hike After Yellow Vest Protests

Victory: Macron Permanently Cancels Planned Fuel Tax Hike After Yellow Vest Protests

"If the review shows that not enough capital is be re-injected in the French economy, I will propose re-establishing the ISF", Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa said in a statement Wednesday.

But demonstrations continued around the country.

Turnout for the protests had fallen from about 280,000 three weeks ago to 136,000 last Saturday, with some of the violence, auto burning, spray painting and damage to Paris' historic monuments alienating supporters.

The "gilets jaunes" movement began as a protest against a rise in duties on diesel, which is widely used by French motorists and has always been less heavily taxed than other types of fuel.

A firefighter walks through extinguished burning material near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees in Paris on November 24 after a rally by yellow vest protestors against rising oil prices and living costs. They put up a sign by the side of the road reading "Macron dictator".

French citizens were already hit with a tax increase in January, and more than 60% of the cost of fuel in France comes from government fees.

Adding to the image of a country in revolt, the main French farmers' union said Wednesday its members would hold demonstrations every day next week.

The high school students' FIDL union called for a "massive and general mobilization" on Thursday and urged France's education minister to step down.

But his office confirmed he had told a cabinet meeting on Wednesday that he stood by his decision to cut a "fortune tax" previously levied on high-earners which has infuriated many protesters.

Numerous demonstrations were over a new university application system. As of yesterday, the plan was to delay it for six months, but that has now been shelved completely in fear that more protests were coming.

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But that policy, along with various comments deemed insensitive to ordinary workers, has prompted numerous ex-banker's critics to label him a "president of the rich".

Some 72 percent of French people support the "yellow vests" movement - a figure which has remained stable despite last weekend's violence and the government's climbdown. Shops were looted and cars torched in plush neighbourhoods around the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue.

"The protesters seem wholly uninterested in party politics", Poirier wrote in the New York Times last week.

He added that "no tax should endanger national unity" and the "violence must stop".

She said each of the disparate protesting groups will decide what to do next, but many will probably keep demonstrating.

It is a major climbdown by the government of President Macron, who had said the measures were necessary to combat climate change and meet budget deficit reduction targets.

Planned tax increases on petrol and diesel on January 1 will be suspended for six months, while hikes in regulated electricity and gas prices will be frozen during the winter.

Four people have died in the Yellow Vest protests so far, and an estimated 75,000 people took part in demonstrations that turned violent in Paris this past Saturday. "The interior minister will use all means to ensure order is respected".

Damien Abad, a lawmaker from the centre-right Les Republicains party, also called it "too little, too late".