The concessions made by France’s prime minister in a bid to stop the huge and violent anti-government demonstrations that have been rocking France over the past three weeks, seem to have so far failed to convince protesters, with trade unions and farmers now threatening to join the fray.

A demonstrator stands in front of a makeshift barricade set up by the so-called yellow jackets to block the entrance of a fuel depot in Le Mans, western France, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2018, with banner reading
A demonstrator stands in front of a makeshift barricade set up by the so-called yellow jackets to block the entrance of a fuel depot in Le Mans, western France, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2018, with banner reading “Stop the Government racket”. French government’s decision to suspend fuel tax and utility hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a “first step” and vowed to fight on after large-scale rioting in Paris last weekend. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Un individuo coonduce su bicicleta frente a automóviles incendiados cerca del Arco del Triunfo en París, Francia, el domingo 2 de diciembre de 2018. La zona fue sitio de protestas contra la subida de impuestos y el alto costo de la vida. (AP Foto/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Un individuo coonduce su bicicleta frente a automóviles incendiados cerca del Arco del Triunfo en París, Francia, el domingo 2 de diciembre de 2018. La zona fue sitio de protestas contra la subida de impuestos y el alto costo de la vida. (AP Foto/Kamil Zihnioglu)

A day after Edouard Philippe announced a suspension of planned fuel tax hikes that kicked off protests, the “yellow vest” protest movement showed no sign of slowing down on Wednesday. Students opposed to a university application system remained mobilized, trucking unions called for a rolling strike and France’s largest farm union threatened to launch protests next week.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks at the National Assembly during the questions to the government session in Paris, Tuesday, Dec.4, 2018. The French government's decision to suspend fuel tax and utility hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks at the National Assembly during the questions to the government session in Paris, Tuesday, Dec.4, 2018. The French government’s decision to suspend fuel tax and utility hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a “first step” and vowed to fight on after large-scale rioting in Paris last weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Demonstrators stand near a makeshift barricade set up by the so-called yellow jackets to block the entrance of a fuel depot in Le Mans, western France, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2018. The French government's decision to suspend fuel tax and utility hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a
Demonstrators stand near a makeshift barricade set up by the so-called yellow jackets to block the entrance of a fuel depot in Le Mans, western France, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2018. The French government’s decision to suspend fuel tax and utility hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a “first step” and vowed to fight on after large-scale rioting in Paris last weekend. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

A joint statement from the CGT and FO trucking unions protesting a cut to overtime rates called for action from Sunday night.

Source: The Associated Press

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