Macron: yellow-vest protesters want to bring down the French state

A demonstrators holds a flare during a demonstration of Yellow Vests against the rising of the fuel and oil prices

France Can Change Position Over Wealth Tax Amid Mass Demonstrations AFP 2018 Frederick FLORIN

The French government signalled on Wednesday that it was prepared to make further concessions to "yellow vest" protesters, even raising a possible rollback on a controversial move to cut taxes for high earners past year.

Farmers union FNSEA said it would fight to help farmers earn a better income, though it said it would not officially be joining forces with the "yellow vests", as the protesters have come to be called after the high-visibility vests French motorists are required to keep in their cars, and which they don for demonstrations.

Farmers, road hauliers and students joined an escalating revolt against President Macron today as he warned that some protesters were seeking to overthrow the French state.

The French government has scrapped plans to rise fuel taxes in a move to stop yellow vest protests.

"The Yellow Vests wish an act IV next Saturday".

A soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier, scheduled for Saturday in Paris, was postponed after police said they couldn't guarantee security there and at protests simultaneously.

Macron has left Philippe to make the public statements concerning the protests.

Mr Grivet said: "If a measure that we have taken, which is costing the public money, turns out not to be working, if it's not going well, we're not stupid - we would change it". "I'm calling for responsibility".

A new poll by the Ifop-Fiducial survey group on Tuesday showed the former investment banker's approval rating at a record low of 23 percent.

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But that policy, along with various comments deemed insensitive to ordinary workers, has prompted numerous ex-banker's critics to label him a "president of the rich". A source in the Prime Minister's office said that "the government has not necessarily played all of its cards", with more concessions such as a further cut in residence taxes possible.

Minister Francois de Rugy told BFM TV that the government had made a decision to ditch the plans in their entirety in order to assuage fears that the increase would be be reintroduced as soon as the protests came to an end.

Macron, 40, made the issue one of his key campaign pledges ahead of his election in May 2017, arguing that punitive taxes on the wealthy discouraged job creation and led many entrepreneurs to leave France.

Planned tax increases on petrol and diesel on January 1 will be suspended for six months, while hikes in regulated electricity and gas prices will be frozen during the winter.

But the policy, along with comments deemed insensitive to the working class, has prompted numerous ex-banker's critics to label him a "president of the rich".

Nine government ministers were sent out to the television and radio studios Wednesday to explain the administration's stance. French officials said they are created to move the country away from fossil fuels and part of an effort to fight climate change.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner urged "responsible" protesters not to descend on Paris, but has nonetheless called in police reinforcements in case of more violence.

On Wednesday, France's largest farmers union said it will launch anti-government protests next week, after trucking unions called for a rolling strike. More protests are planned for Saturday in Paris. Since then, the "yellow vest" protests have developed into a movement against Macron.

Fuel shortages due to blockades remain a problem in areas of Brittany, Normandy, and southeast regions of France.

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