The French government is to suspend a controversial rise in fuel tax that has caused widespread protests throughout the country and dramatic scenes of violence and civil unrest.
French media had reported Tuesday morning that Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was ready to announce a moratorium on the planned fuel tax hike that has caused public anger in the country. Commenting around midday, Philippe said that "you'd have to be deaf not to hear the anger of the French," according to Reuters.
"After hearing (the) anger I am suspending for six months three fiscal measures including fuel tax increases," he said. The prime minister added that the violence that has beset France in recent weeks must stop and that no tax should endanger national unity.
The concession from the French government comes after leaders from the "Yellow Vest" movement, so-called because of the high visibility jackets worn by demonstrators, reportedly refused to meet Philippe on Tuesday for talks on how to diffuse opposition to planned fuel tax increases.