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YELLOW VESTS AGAINST TAX INCREASE IN GASOLINE IN FRANCE

Paris / The protests of those known in France as “yellow vests” against the tax increase, which this weekend left one dead and more than 400 injured in France, will continue on November 24 in Paris at Place de la Concorde to march towards the Elysée.

This was confirmed by Chantal Lapuerta, one of the spokespersons for the movement which was organized throughout the country through social networks, if Emmanuel Macron says nothing on the price of fuel.

The executive spokesman, Benjamin Griveaux, reiterated in an interview at “RMC” that he won’t back down on the taxation of fuel and took up the words of the Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, who said he “listened” to the popular discontent.

“They ask to be able to live decently from their work, that their children live better than them, that is why we prefer to put taxes on fuel and not on work and we have put in place devices to accompany them because the ecological transition is difficult,” said Griveaux.

The spokesman said France must be removed from the current oil model because “if in 18 months the producing countries” decide to increase the price of the barrel this will directly affect the “economy of the French people”.

THE PROTEST

The protest of the “yellow vests” -in reference to the fluorescent garment worn by the protesters, mandatory on the road-, which began with the tax hike on fuel to finance the energy transition, has spread rapidly due to the lack of buying power, in general.

“I took note of the unprecedented nature of that demonstration. There were many who were demonstrating for the first time, they have no leader. We have heard his anger, suffering and lack of prospects”, said French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, in an interview broadcast on France 2.

However, he lamented that in some of the more than 2,000 protest points on Saturday the situation degenerated into “chaos”: One retired was killed, 409 people were injured, 14 serious, and there were 282 arrests.

But as the minister of Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, had predicted, the prime minister asserted that the government will not back down and that “the carbon trajectory will be maintained”.

The government generated citizen discontent by decreeing an increase in taxes on fuel of 7.6 cents per liter for diesel and 3.9 cents for gasoline to avoid the use of polluting vehicles and promote clean energy. Starting in January, supplementary rates of 6 and 3 cents will also be applied. (November 19, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En la noticia se dice que...    
A
se descarta que este fin de semana haya más protestas en Francia por la subida del impuesto de los carburantes.
B
este fin de semana hubo unas protestas en Francia por la subida de impuestos de los carburantes.
C
todavía ningún francés ha protestado a causa de la subida de impuestos.
Question 2
Sobre esas protestas se dice que...  
A
nadie resultó herido.
B
se desconoce si alguna persona fue herida.
C
hubo cientos de heridos y una persona perdió la vida.
Question 3
Si aumenta el impuesto de los carburantes en Francia...  
A
el precio de la gasolina baja y los franceses pagarán menos por repostar.
B
los franceses tienen que pagar más por repostar.
C
la gente seguirá pagando la misma cantidad de dinero por repostar.
Question 4
En principio, está prevista otra protesta para este próximo fin de semana.    
A
No se sabe.
B
Para nada.
C
Claro que sí.
Question 5
Griveaux sostiene que...  
A
es preciso sacar a Francia del modelo petrolero en el que se encuentra.
B
no hace falta realizar cambios sobre el modelo petrolero de Francia.
C
es imposible que aumente el precio de los carburantes.
Question 6
Según el texto, el Gobierno de Macron subió los impuestos de los carburantes...  
A
para promover el uso de vehículos contaminantes.
B
para que la población empiece a usar más los vehículos que no contaminan.
C
porque aumentó mucho el precio del petróleo.
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Vocabulary

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El chaleco es una prenda que...  
A
utilizamos para cubrir el tronco.
B
utilizamos para cubrir las piernas.
C
utilizamos para cubrir la cabeza.
Question 2
'Reiterar' es...    
A
volver a decir una cosa.
B
decir algo por vez primera.
C
salir de un lugar.
Question 3
Se llama 'energía limpia' a...
A
aquella que se obtiene del carbón y del petróleo.
B
aquella que contamina mucho.
C
aquella que no contamina.
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