The gilets jaunes (yellow vests) represent a broad cross section of the French working and middle classes. They are butchers, bakers and automobile makers. They are the folks who drive the trucks, farm the food, build the buildings and fix what breaks. They are France. They have had enough.
Faced with widespread carbon / fuel tax rioting, French President Emmanuel Macron surrendered. The French government suspended the wildly unpopular fuel tax, for six months at least. "The people are revolting!" Mel Brooks as Louis XIV: "You said it, they stink on ice."
Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot told reporters Tuesday it would be too “brutal and unrealistic” to stick with a pledge to shut down nuclear power plants.