Amid protests, French govt preparing to suspend fuel tax increases: Sources

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Paris: The French government is preparing to suspend fuel tax increases, a government source said on Tuesday, following violent protests against the measures.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was due to announce the suspension later on Tuesday, the source added, in what would mark President Emmanuel Macron`s first significant U-turn on a major policy since taking power in 2017.

The so-called “yellow vests” protests, which started on November 17, were focused on denouncing a squeeze on household spending brought about by Macron`s taxes on diesel, which he says are necessary to combat climate change and protect the environment.

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