Macron scraps controversial fuel tax hike

The French government is abandoning a fuel tax hike that was previously only suspended for six months following violent protests, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has told MPs.
"The government is ready for dialogue and is showing it because this tax increase has been dropped from the 2019 budget bill," he told the lower house of parliament on Wednesday.
The government had earlier said it would not change the version of the budget bill at the Senate, which had dropped the fuel tax increase.
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