e French government may have completely killed it's plans to raise fuel taxes but it's unlikely to appease protesters across the country. Or make a difference to youth rioters like these with much deeper discontent. These images was taken on Thursday, a day after the tax was dropped.
The government is fearful more violence may come with the weekend. Originally President Emmanuel Macron's government suspended the planned tax hikes for six months and admitted defeat and killed it out right. The protest however have moved far beyond the price of fuel and more often to a broader rebellion against Macron himself.
France is by some estimates the most tax developed country on earth. It's not clear how the protests might evolve, though. They can't agree on centralized leadership. There's talk of forming a political movement too, but the protest factions have many different ideologies.
lls suggest most French are against the violent elements which have targeted mostly affluent neighborhoods and their cafes and stores.
The same polls though also say there's strong support for the peaceful demonstrations.