By  on December 4, 2018

PARIS — French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said Tuesday the government would suspend fuel tax hikes after a third weekend of antigovernment protests led to scenes of violence and ransacking that officials compared to the May 1968 student riots.

“The time for dialogue has come,” the French leader said, calling for an end to the ongoing protests by demonstrators in reflective safety vests — known as “gilets jaunes” — who have blocked roads and vandalized stores since Nov. 17, causing foot traffic to plummet during the crucial holiday spending season.

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