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French Prime Minister Says Won't Back Down on Gasoline Taxes

At the pump.

At the pump.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images 

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government won’t bow to protesters and roll back gasoline levies, arguing that other tax cuts have reduced the overall burden on taxpayers.

“We didn’t impose fuel taxes for the pleasure of annoying the French, but because we want to tax carbon more than labor,” Philippe said in an interview on France2 television after a second day of protests across France against high gasoline prices.