The French Prime Minister is expected to announce a suspension of fuel charges that has caused a protest movement that has become violent, according to French media.
Edouard Philippe, the minister, is expected to announce that the planned increase will be suspended for several months reported Le Monde and France Info radio. Philippe is also expected to announce other measures aimed at easing tensions.
The protests, which began in mid-November, have become increasingly violent. During the weekend, more than 130 people were injured and more than 400 were arrested in the country’s capital. Officials have been called the worst in the country for decades.
The protests say they want to compare a game plan that they think is tipped for the benefit of the elite and wealthy city residents.
The fuel tax “was sparked,” said Thierry Paul Valette, a coordinator in Paris, in an interview. “If it had not been (that), there would have been something else.”
“People want fair equity justice. They want social justice,” he added, as well as improved purchasing power.
Associated Press contributed to this report.