THE French prime minister has decided to suspend the introduction of an eco-tax for heavy goods vehicles after protests and growing opposition.
The new tax was set to come into force from 1 January, but Jean-Marc Ayrault has said it will be halted for now whilst more discussions take place.
Employers' and farmers' unions welcomed the announcement, while calling for the suspension to last until the current economic crisis is over.
Over the weekend violent clashes broke out between protesters and police in Brittany, as anger against the eco-tax intensified, with opponents saying it was a cost many businesses could not take.
Brittany has been the focus for much of the anger due to the transport costs faced by agricultural firms that owners said would force their costs up and threaten thousands of jobs in the region.