French drivers no longer undertake ever higher fuel prices and additional taxes. They want to paralyze traffic to more than 500 places in the country. President Macron says he understands anger, but he does not want to tie. "I'm going to charge more fuel tax rather than work."
"Send your fuel accounts to Macron." This appeal of a motor vehicle association receives massive publicity in France. In the past year, diesel prices have risen by 23%, petrol by 15%. Diesel diesel now costs more than EUR 1.60. Although it is cheaper than ours: here a liter of diesel costs 1.63 euros.
As a symbol of dissatisfaction, a yellow safety vest appears on car windows across France. French motorists decided on November 17 to block highways and gas stations across the country.
Even large supermarket chains support the population. For example, the Leclerc Group sells its fuel at the cost of the purchase, in protest. "Today's dissatisfaction is justified. It is important that we send a clear signal to the government," says Michel-Édouard Leclerc, president of the company. The supermarket chain Carrefour also takes action and sells fuel to buy the price by November 17th. Exceptionally, it translates the discount & # 39; just & # 39; from 2 to 10 cents per liter. This relatively small difference makes it clear that this is not a service station that will lead to a big profit. The fuel price consists of 60% tax. And since January 2019 will be an increase in fuel tax. The French do not pick it up: The survey shows that 78 percent of the population is behind the demonstration.
French President Macron has no ears to protest. He "prefers additional fuel tax rather than work". According to him, the rise in prices has an ecological reason: he wants smaller diesel cars on French roads as much as possible. In 2011, 70% of French cars still had a diesel engine, now only 39%. But Macron also understands the population: "For decades, we've been calling on everyone to buy a diesel engine, and now let's say the opposite. They feel trapped and rude."