France’s prime minister is offering to meet with members of a motorists movement who have blocked roads over rising fuel taxes and held protests that caused damage to central Paris.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on BFM television Wednesday that the protesters are expressing “a lot of legitimate things that should be heard.”

Demonstrators, called the yellow jackets, demonstrate at a crossing in Port de Bouc, southern France, as they protest against the rising of the fuel taxes, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron says the government will find a way to delay tax increases on fuel during periods when world oil prices are rising. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Demonstrators, called the yellow jackets, demonstrate at a crossing in Port de Bouc, southern France, as they protest against the rising of the fuel taxes, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron says the government will find a way to delay tax increases on fuel during periods when world oil prices are rising. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

The drivers may ignore the outreach. Some are calling for a new action Saturday on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where a protest last Saturday degenerated into violence.

French president Emmanuel Macron, left, speaks with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis as they visit at the Centre Georges Pompidou modern art museum, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 in Paris, as part of Romanian president's state visit to France. (Lionel Bonaventure, Pool via AP)
French president Emmanuel Macron, left, speaks with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis as they visit at the Centre Georges Pompidou modern art museum, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 in Paris, as part of Romanian president’s state visit to France. (Lionel Bonaventure, Pool via AP)

The drivers denounce perceived elitism by President Emmanuel Macron, who failed to defuse the anger with a speech Tuesday explaining the environmental need for the tax hikes.

Protesters shouted at the minister for overseas territories, Annick Girardin, as she sought to calm tensions Wednesday on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, where demonstrations have been particularly violent.

Source: The Associated Press

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