Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced a moratorium on rising fuel taxes in France.
After hosting a reception for French party leaders Philippe confirmed Tuesday, 4 December the suspension of fuel tax price rises — a major claim of activists known as “gilets jaunes” because of the high-visibility yellow clothing required to drive a vehicle by French law — in an attempt to defuse the situation.
The third Saturday (1 December) in a row with “yellow vest” demonstrations led to violence and degradation, especially in the capital where a hundred people were injured in chaotic riots unseen since 1968.
Damage to one of France’s most revered monuments, the Arc de Triomphe, was assessed after having been stormed and vandalised during the troubles on Saturday, 1 December (France 24
The smashed face of the Statue of Marianne, a symbol of the French republic, was becoming viral after violent demonstrators and rioters attacked the beloved site.
In one of the worst instances of unrest Paris has seen since the protests and riots of 1968, over 220 people were arrested in Paris on Saturday when the latest “gilet jaunes” (“yellow vest”) protests were once again marred by violence over rising fuel taxes.
Speaking at the Paris police’s command centre, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said 5,500 were protesting in the capital while 36,000 protested across France — a figure that AFP has updated to 75,000