Eiffel tower to close on Saturday due to protests

France Scraps Fuel Price Hikes After Weeks Of Protests Calls For Calm

Meanwhile, Total TOTF.PA said a rising number of its filling stations were running dry as a result of "yellow vest" road blocks.

But abolishing it cost the government an estimated €3.2bn in annual tax revenue - and helped earned Mr Macron his reputation as "president of the rich".

His government deeply damaged by weeks of protests and looking grave, Philippe acknowledged that the government's dramatic concession this week over the fuel tax rise that sparked the protest movement "doesn't respond" to all the protesters' concerns.

Around a dozen museums across the capital have also said they will remain closed on Saturday after vandalism and clashes between protesters and police last week rocked France. The Arc de Triomphe was sprayed with graffiti and vandalised.

The ISF was replaced with a less onerous tax on property holdings with a combined valued of more than €1.3m - though it excluded investments in property shares.

The sweep of the protests and their wide support by citizens of all political stripes has shocked Macron's government.

But with protesters choosing pocket change over climate change and giving a resounding "non" to the move, and with Macron's popularity plunging into the low 20s, the French government relented and announced a suspension of the tax for six months. But taxes on fossil fuels are just what worldwide climate negotiators, meeting in Poland this week, say are desperately needed to help wean the world off of fossil fuels and slow climate change. Earlier government attempts at freezing prices have been overruled.

Philippe said the state would do all it could to maintain order.

Macron, for his part, visited a regional government headquarters that was torched by protesters, but he did not speak to reporters.

The "yellow vest" movement was named after the safety jackets French motorists are required to keep in their vehicles, which the protesters wear at demonstrations. "We will continue to show the utmost firmness", he said. But protesters said his reforms are for the rich and he doesn't understand the needs of poor people. But for many French, it was too little, too late. "It's a change of course".

A demonstrator holds a French flag during a protest of Yellow vests
A demonstrator holds a French flag during a protest of Yellow vests

More protests were expected this weekend in Paris.

Calling Paris agreement a "flawed" agreement, Trump wrote: "The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters in the world".

The Macron administration is struggling to defuse the anger driving the "yellow vest" protests, as it reels from the worst riots seen in central Paris in five decades last Saturday. Student protests blocked or otherwise disrupted about 100 high schools around the country blocked or otherwise disrupted by student protests Tuesday, according to the French Education Ministry.

Macron and Philippe's approval ratings hit new lows in the wake of the crisis.

"We have reasons to fear major violence", a source in the Elysee Palace told AFP amid calls for fresh mobilisation of the "yellow vests" movement already linked to four deaths and hundreds of injuries in often violent demonstrations.

However far-right leader Marine Le Pen and hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon have been vocal in backing the demonstrators' demands.

Some 9 million students, blue-collar workers and civil servants took to the streets.

They have grown to reflect more widespread anger at the government. The National Assembly was dissolved and general elections were called.

Among them were a minimum pension, widespread changes to the tax system, and a reduction in the retirement age. The Sorbonne was among the institutions occupied.

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