A demonstrator wearing a yellow vest painfully walks on a motorway as protesters open the toll gates near Aix-en-Provence, southeastern France, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
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The French government's decision to suspend fuel tax and utility price hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a "first step" and vowed to fight on after large-scale rioting in Paris last weekend.The backpedaling by President Emmanuel Macron's government appeared designed to calm the nation three days after the worst unrest on the streets of Paris in decades.The protests began last month with motorists upset over the fuel tax hike, but have grown to encompass a range of complaints, with protesters claiming that Macron's government doesn't care about the problems of ordinary people. In all, four people have been killed and hundreds wounded in clashes or accidents stemming from the protests. Political opponents of the government called Philippe's announcement Tuesday too little, too late.
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