Paris Agreement: Donald Trump says Macron's decision on fuel price justifies his own

Paris Agreement: Donald Trump says Macron's decision on fuel price justifies his own

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 05 Dec 2018

Washington, Dec 5 (IBNS): US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his French counterpart  Emmanuel Macron's move of retreating fuel tax hikes amid riots in Paris justified his decision of rejecting 2015 Paris Agreement.

He said the agreement was 'fatally flawed'.

"I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago. The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters," Trump tweeted.

"In the world. I want clean air and clean water and have been making great strides in improving America’s environment. But American taxpayers – and American workers – shouldn’t pay to clean up others countries’ pollution," he said.

The French administration has blinked in the face of the Yellow Jacket protests with France Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday declaring a roll back of the fuel tax hike that had resulted in violent protests across the country, latest reports said.

According to the BBC, the suspension in the tax hike will be in place for for six months. Philippe said the people's anger must be heard and the measures would only be implemented after debate with the affected people.

Fuel stations were running dry in France on Monday with "Yellow Jacket" protesters blocking access to the Total company's 11 fuel depots, reports said, adding that the stocks of several companies fell as a result of the situation.

Anti-government protests had engulfed France since President Emmanuel Macron hiked fuel tax as part of steps to fight climate change.

More than a hundred people were injured when protesters clashed with security forces in Paris on Saturday. Among those injured were 23 police personnel. Police said they had arrested more than 400 people.

The protesters engaged in this incident are known as "gilets jaunes", meaning yellow vests, often referred in English as the "yellow jackets". The protesters have been seen wearing high-visibility clothing on the street. The clothing is carried in every vehicle, following French law. The first nationwide protest took place on November 17.

The Macron government had earlier refused to yield. Last week, the President said, "I understand the demands of these citizens, but I won't give in to those who want destruction and disorder."

Macron returned from the G20 summit in Argentina on Sunday morning and reportedly went straight to the Arc de Triomphe to assess the damage.

"President Macron says his motivation for the increase is environmental, but protesters call him out of touch - particularly with non-city dwellers who rely on their cars," the BBC said.

No identifiable leader could be seen leading the protest, which has gained momentum through social media.

 

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Paris Agreement: Donald Trump says Macron's decision on fuel price justifies his own

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