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France's Macron says violence will not force a reversal on energy policy

France's Macron says violence will not force a reversal on energy policy
A barricade lays on the side at the Champs-Elysees avenue in the aftermath of a rally by yellow vests protesters against higher fuel prices in Paris, France, November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier -
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PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he heard the anger of citizens and their complaints over higher diesel taxes but that he would not cave in to violent fringe groups and change tack on energy policy.

“I do not confuse citizens and their demands with thugs,” Macron said. “I will not concede anything to those who want destruction and disorder.”

His comments follow more than two weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations by so-called “yellow vest” protesters in Paris and in towns and cities around the country.

(Reporting by Michel Rose and Bate Felix; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Luke Baker)

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