French Government suspends fuel tax rise amid protests

The French Government will suspend a fuel tax rise which has resulted in weeks of violent protests, according to local media sources.

Protests have spread across major French cities including Paris over the past three weekends and have caused extensive damage. Last weekend, the second demonstration against the spike in prices in taxation on oil and gas saw the "Gilets Jaunes" march on the Champs Elysee, where they clashed with police and were struck with teargas and water cannons. 

Three people have died since the protests began.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe attempted to hold talks with the protesters, but these talks were called off.

it is thought that the tax rises will now be suspended by the Government for six months.

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