EOS Alerts 4-12-2018
France: France Look to Suspend Fuel Tax Hikes
The French government is reportedly preparing to halt fuel tax increases planned for 1 January, in a bid to end violent protests against the measures. Citing government sources, daily newspaper Le Monde and Reuters news agency said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was due to announce the move later today. The suspension will last "several months" and is aimed at appeasing the so-called "yellow vest" protesters, who have caused havoc since 17 November. On 1 December, protests in Paris turned violent, with some 412 arrested during clashes with police forces. At least four people have been killed in the three-week-long nationwide protests, including an 80-year-old woman who died in hospital after being hit by a tear gas canister in Marseille. Avoid all large gatherings of people on an ongoing basis and seek safe shelter should tensions further escalate.