French protests reveal a clash: Healthy climate vs lower tax

French protests reveal a clash: Healthy climate vs lower tax

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Written by Alissa J. Rubin and Somini Sengupta

Vincent Picard describes himself as a “militant ecologist.” But when protesters took to the streets to express their rage over a planned increase in France’s fuel tax, Picard joined their ranks.

He acknowledges that the tax might encourage the conservation considered critical for a healthy planet. But with the nearest train station 35 minutes away, he has to drive to work every day.