French President seeks to calm protests, but defiant in fight against fossil fuels

French President Emmanuel Macron has made a speech seeking to calm nationwide mass protests, but has insisted the policy to raise taxes on fossil fuels is the right way forward.

French news agency AFP reported that addressing lawmakers in Paris on Tuesday, November 27, Macron stated«What I’ve taken from these last few days is that we shouldn’t change course, because it is the right one and necessary».

Admitting he has heard the public anger Macron stated he would propose a mechanism to adjust the tax increases if prices were also being pushed up by rising oil prices internationally like in 2018.

The French President also suggested a three-month national consultation to draw up a roadmap for accelerating France’s transition away from fossil fuels, which he insisted would remain his overall objective.

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