France drops plan for urban tolls amid fuel price protests

The French government has dropped plans that would have eased the introduction of urban tolls amid nationwide protests against rising fuel costs, the transport minister said on Monday.

Last month, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne said a new law on mobility would allow cities to introduce congestion pricing in a bid to cut traffic jams and pollution.

But in the past two weeks, France has seen nationwide protests against rising fuel costs, with demonstrators clad in fluorescent jackets – dubbed “yellow vests” – blocking highways and setting up barricades, hoping to force the government to row back on new taxes on petrol and diesel.