The decision was preceded by riots “Yellow vests.”
French Prime Minister Edouard Philip announced a six-month moratorium on fuel tax increases. “No taxes are worth the unity of society,” he said, speaking in the Matignon Palace, “I heard the anger of the French.”
In mid-November, mass protests began in France due to rising fuel prices. On November 24, police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators, and at least 500 people were injured during the riots .
On December 3, protesters defeated the Arc de Triomphe Museum in Paris, after which it was closed to visitors.