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Dec 3, 2018 | 14:29 GMT

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France: Interior Minister to Meet Protesters, Parliament to Discuss Controversial Energy Policies

What Happened: French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner is meeting French political leaders on Dec. 3 and representatives of the "yellow vest" protest movement on Dec. 4 after violent riots in Paris and other French cities over the weekend, France 24 reported Dec. 3. The French parliament will discuss the environmental and fiscal measures opposed by protesters in the National Assembly on Dec. 5 and in the Senate on Dec. 6.

Why It Matters: While the protest movement lacks clear leadership and specific demands, it is representative of a part of French society that feels left behind by the government of President Emmanuel Macron. While Macron’s government is promising small concessions, it is likely to pursue its current trajectory and maintain its controversial energy taxes. However, it will become increasingly difficult for Macron to implement reforms as his rivals are likely to feel emboldened to challenge his policies.

Background: The protest movement originated in demonstrations against the French government’s plan to introduce new fuel taxes to encourage an environmental transition to alternative energy. Protests have since evolved into broad opposition against Macron.

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