French government to review tax on high-earners

French protesters continue to riot despite tax delay, refusing to 'settle for crumbs'

The protests began November 17 with motorists upset over the fuel tax increase, but have grown to encompass a range of complaints - the stagnant economy, social injustice and France' tax system.

Trump's tweet relates the French conflict to worldwide disparity between nations in the Paris agreement, and the move to raise taxes was in fact part of Macron's commitment to that agreement, but neither the conflict nor the temporary truce were based on a disparity between nations, but rather on the domestic policy issue of raising taxes and the disparate impact the particular tax would have on the working class.

"Eventually he backed down, which is going to divide the (yellow vest) movement, but it also risks dividing his own political base", said Jerome Sainte-Marie of the PollingVox survey group.

Demonstrators were back in the streets Tuesday wearing their signature yellow vests.

High schools and universities across France erupted after Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin proposed a lower wage scale for recent graduates.

Protests last Saturday caused heavy property damage in Paris and other French cities.

French police have cleared most of the fuel depots that protesters had blocked, but fuel shortages continued to hit several parts of France on Wednesday, with hundreds of gas stations affected. In the capital, more than 100 people were injured and more than 400 arrested.

Ending the ISF "wealth tax" on high earners was a key part of Mr Macron's pro-business presidential campaign, seen as a way of encouraging people to invest and hire in France.

When he was elected past year, his economic reform was meant to improve the lives of French people through lower unemployment and a kick-started economy. There are more and more people out there who can't make ends meet each month, more and more people are sleeping rough and yet we continue to raise taxes. The yellow vest protesters have called him "president of the rich".

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But the protesters show no sign of letting up, and officials expect more demonstrations this weekend.

Macron has been a supporter of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

The French government caved in after the worst riots in decades and delayed an increase in energy taxes.

It is unclear whether the government's latest moves will put an end to the protests.

The movement does not seem to be led by a known labor leader or opposition politician.

A soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier, scheduled for Saturday in Paris, was postponed after police said they couldn't guarantee security there and at protests simultaneously.

"What we are asking of you Mr Prime Minister, is not a postponement".

Mario Ritter adapted stories from VOA News and Reuters for this VOA Learning English report.

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