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Pressure on Macron mounts as protest over fuel tax enters second week


Devdiscourse News Desk paris France
Updated: 26-11-2018 15:36 IST
Pressure on Macron mounts as protest over fuel tax enters second week

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The pressure is on French President Emmanuel Macron after the second weekend of sometimes violent protests over rising fuel taxes that reached the heart of Paris.

Scattered protests continued Monday as drivers blocked roads from the Pyrenees to Brittany.

Macron promised to explain on Tuesday his plans for weaning France off fossil fuels, the reason for the small tax hikes.

The protests are a major challenge for Macron, drawing disparate demonstrators with no clear leader or mission.

Tense clashes Saturday reached Paris' high-end Champs-Elysees.

A local protest leader in Toulouse, Benjamin Cauchy, said Monday on BFM television that the movement is at a turning point and the next step will hinge on what Macron has to say.

Cauchy said protesters should respect the media after journalists were attacked, chased or threatened while covering Saturday's events.

(With inputs from agencies.)

COUNTRY : France

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