Macron scraps French fuel tax hike amid violent protests

105356476 1532634431747gettyimages 1000604582 530x298And just two weeks ago he swore he’d never surrender. 

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed that street violence won’t force him to back down over his government’s energy policy.

Typical French. Immediately surrendering. 

The sweep of the protests and their wide support by citizens of all political stripes has shocked Macron’s government. In the last few days, Paris saw the worst anti-government riot since 1968, French students set fires outside high schools to protest a new university application system, small business owners blocked roads to protest high taxes, and retirees marched to protest the president’s perceived elitism.