By Alissa J. Rubin and Somini Sengupta
Dec. 6, 2018
PARIS — Vincent Picard describes himself as a “militant ecologist.” But when protesters took to the streets to express their rage over a planned increase in France’s fuel tax, Mr. Picard joined their ranks.
He acknowledges that the tax might encourage the conservation considered critical for a healthy planet. But with the nearest train station 35 minutes away, he has to drive to work every day.
“I am conscious that we have reached the end of fossil fuels and that we have to modify our habits,” said Mr. Picard, a 32-year-old pastry maker from northern France. But, he added, “You have to continue to live.”
The gas tax is part of an effort started by France in 2014 to regularly raise the tax on fossil fuels to fight global climate change.
Macron has really fucked up, to use an old French expression. I have also posted the hyperlink to the article on the asset tax he reduced on the wealthiest individuals, as one of his first acts as prime minister. He really blew the visuals on that one, and then, apparently, he has never heard of making a gas tax either revenue neutral, or only to raise money for public transportation. If he continues to rule like an emperor, he will fail, which is horrible, since we need his leadership now for fighting climate change, containing Russia, and hearding the cats of the free world.