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    Reports: France to Suspend Fuel Tax Hike

    The French government has said it is halting the fuel tax increase that’s driven weeks-long protests across the country. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who was due to meet with protest leaders yesterday before they withdrew over security concerns, reportedly presented the measure to lawmakers in a bid to de-escalate the crisis. Earlier, Culture Minister Franck Riester hinted Philippe would offer “a strong conciliatory gesture in the coming days.” The move, a u-turn for President Emmanuel Macron, comes at an awkward time as global leaders meet for climate talks in Poland.

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