French government to freeze electricity, gas price hikes after major protests

The French government plans to freeze upcoming increases on regulated electricity and gas prices in the wake of protests over rising costs of living, lawmakers in the ruling Republic on the Move party say.

Stricter vehicle emission controls set to take effect in January will also be suspended, one of the demands of the “yellow vest” movement that erupted last month, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe tells lawmakers ahead of a televised address later today.