The French are unhappy that “going green” means they have to pay more for fuel. ‘Assaults, fights, stabbings’: More than 400 injured in France’s yellow vest protests.
Though it does look a lot like a simple revenue-grab by the government.
Diesel is set to go up by seven cents a litre, and petrol by three cents. Diesel vehicle owners, still a majority in France, feel betrayed after decades of the state encouraging diesel engines.
I mean, how much is this tax going to actually change the conditions? Over time, maybe. But in the short run it will just mean that the .gov collects more in taxes.