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France: fresh protests in Brittany against 'eco-tax'

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France: fresh protests in Brittany against 'eco-tax'

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Hundreds of demonstrators, mainly farmers and food sector workers, held another protest in Brittany against the French government’s taxation plans.

Riot police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds that had gathered to oppose the so-called ‘eco-tax’.

Aimed at encouraging environmentally friendly transport, the proposed measure would impose new levies on heavy vehicles transporting commercial goods.

Over the last few weeks, several protests have been held in Brittany and in other areas of France – leading the government to announce that the ‘eco-tax’ would be suspended.

Many demonstrators want the tax completely scrapped. A mass rally is planned for November 30.