'Not enough!' say 'yellow vests' and supporters on government's suspension of fuel tax

Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel taxes, demonstrate in Paris, France. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Paris, France Dec 05, 2018, 07.14 PM (IST)

'Yellow vests' protesters maintained their blockades across France on Tuesday despite measures delaying tax increases announced by the government on Monday.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe decided to suspend planned increases to fuel taxes for at least six months in response to weeks of sometimes violent protests, marking the first major U-turn by Macron's administration in 18 months in office.

The tax hike was set to begin in January.

However, protesters say these measures would be a drop in the ocean and would not alleviate the strain on their pockets that they say are imposed by taxes on electricity, gas and other goods.

The so-called "yellow vests" movement, named for the high-visibility jackets motorists in France must have in their cars, led to violent clashes with police in Paris at the weekend, and on Tuesday prompted the government to change course.