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French prime minister confirms fuel tax suspensions, calls for calm

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe gestures as he speaks at the French National Assembly in Paris, on December 4, 2018 during a session of questions to the Government. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)
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French prime minister confirms fuel tax suspensions, calls for calm
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe gestures as he speaks at the French National Assembly in Paris, on December 4, 2018 during a session of questions to the Government. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Tuesday new concessions to “yellow vest” protesters, including the suspension for six months of planned tax increases raising the price of fuel.

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“No tax merits putting the unity of the nation in danger,” Philippe said in a televised address, adding that the anger on the streets “originates from a profound injustice: of not being able to live with dignity from one’s work”.

He also announced that increases in the cost of gas and electricity, also set to take effect from January 1, would be suspended for three months during the winter months.

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