France fears more riots, deploys over 65000 security forces

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Paris riots continue despite fuel tax delay

Why does he inspire such hatred among the "yellow vest" protesters? When it began on November 17, protests were against a rise in carbon tax which President Emmanuel Macron says is necessary to combat climate change.

Menegaux said it's too early to tell what the protests will do to Paris' tourism industry.

Griveaux said the wealth tax reform had not been "a gift to the rich" and was aimed at encouraging wealthy individuals to invest more in France.

They invariably run into mass protests, however, because they take an immediate bite out of nearly all consumers' pocketbooks, while those consumers see no immediate benefit.

But it's not so easy for people to think about long-term, global problems when they are struggling to get by.

French health minister Agnès Buzyn, speaking to RTL Radio on Thursday morning, said: "There is a concern about this violence, and some who do not want to find a solution".

Meanwhile, Total TOTF.PA said a rising number of its filling stations were running dry as a result of "yellow vest" road blocks.

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Immediately after coming to power in 2017, Macron pushed through tax cuts for entrepreneurs and high-earners - an "original sin" for his critics.

Millions of workers and students marched against President Nicolas Sarkozy's proposed pension reform, which was meant to align public workers' special retirement plans with those of other French workers. But he vigorously defended it and won the presidency in part on a promise to fight climate change.

Paris Saint-Germain's home Ligue 1 football match against Montpellier on Saturday has already been called off, as has an electro music festival in the city centre. "This is hard enough without adding poor design".

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France is being pulled in two different directions on tax - trying to balance wooing business with anger from ordinary citizens over the cost of living. So hiking taxes on gasoline and diesel was seen as especially unfair to the working classes in the provinces who need cars to get to work and whose incomes have stagnated for years. He also announced a freeze in electricity and natural gas prices until May.

Around 200 French high schools were blocked or disrupted Thursday by students protesting a raft of education overhauls, on a fourth day of action called to coincide with anti-government demonstrations which have rocked the country in recent weeks.

But broader discontent with the government has spread, and protests have erupted over several other issues.

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Macron has proposed a series of changes since he took office, including the plan to cut the cost of a generous unemployment insurance system and create more incentives for the jobless to take up work.

They have grown to reflect more widespread anger at the government. And because energy costs are nearly impossible to avoid, they feel trapped. Some museums in Paris have also said they will be closed.

While such a step might not be directly related to the "yellow vest" movement - France has been leading negotiations for an EU-wide tax on digital revenues for months - the government will hope that it appeals to the protesters' anti-big business sentiment. "We can not let these rebels continue to threaten the nation", Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Thursday.

Many economists back proposals that would tax carbon, but then use that money to offer tax rebates or credits that would benefit lower-income families.

On Wednesday, De Rugy said the period was extended to assuage fears that the unpopular increase would simply be reintroduced once the protests stop. "I don't think so", economist Yohe said.

He has nonetheless called in police reinforcements, fearing more violence.

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