- Title: Anger grows in France over fuel prices
- Date: 9th November 2018
- Summary: ALBERT, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 9, 2018) (AGENCY POOL) VARIOUS OF "YELLOW VESTS" PEOPLE DEMONSTRATING AGAINST FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON POLICE CAR IN STREET CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 7, 2018) (AGENCY POOL) PEOPLE WAITING FOR MACRON (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "That's true that there is a tax on fuel for ecological transition and to encourage other means of transportation, other ways of doing things." MAN HEARD SAYING: "I don't; believe that. It is most of all for the state to get money." MACRON ANSWERING: "The state's money is our money too. And I assure you it will be more transparent." MACRON SPEAKING WITH PEOPLE IN THE STREET
- Embargoed: 23rd November 2018 17:47
- Keywords: Fuel prices tax Macron anger
- Location: PARIS, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES AND ALBERT, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES AND ALBERT, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Budget/Taxation/Revenue,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00295SCEH3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Anger is growing among French car owners over the rising cost of fuel that many say is hitting hard on their buying power.
At a Paris petrol station on Friday (November 9) all agreed to say a full tank is more expensive than it used to be.
The dispute started in recent weeks around the government's decision to gradually increase fuel taxes, a measure that will result in a raise of 6.5 cents per litre of diesel and 2.9 cents for gasoline on January 1, 2019. On social media, car drivers' anger gave birth to a movement named "yellow vest". A national mobilization is scheduled for November 17.
To avert the controversy over fuel prices, pushed up by oil prices and to a lesser extent by taxation, Emmanuel Macron has advanced several tracks this week.
At a meeting at the French finance ministry on Thursday, actors in the fuel sector have said they'll do what is necessary for consumers to benefit the current decline in world oil prices as quickly as possible.
For several weeks, the executive has insisted that the increase in the price of fuel is essentially linked to world prices.
On a week-long memorial tour of the WW1 battle grounds in Eastern and Northern France, French President Emmanuel Macron had to fend off critics by members of the public on rising prices.
The French government argues that a tax raise will help finance the country's ecological transition. But political opponents accuse Macron's government of targeting tax payers, especially those most dependant on their cars.
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