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Macron Looks to Tax Measures to Curb Violent French Protests

  • Government considering response to ‘Yellow Vest’ movement
  • Latest poll shows another drop in Macron’s approvals rating
Demonstrators wearing yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) block the highway to Rodez during a protest against fuel costs near Rodez, France, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. One protester was knocked down by a car and died and a series of road accidents were scattered across France Saturday as tensions mounted during the morning hours of grassroots protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to raise gasoline prices.
Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg
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French President Emmanuel Macron could introduce emergency tax cuts to quell violent protests amid a continued drop in his approval rating among voters.

The government is increasingly worried that the economy, along with its own political fortunes, is threatened by demonstrations against fuel taxes that have spiraled into a push-back against Macron’s policies. It will announce a moratorium on planned tax increases in response, AFP reported, citing government sources.