Scattered tax protests persist in France; injuries up to 409

  • Protesters shout anti government slogan on the place de la Concorde to protest fuel taxes in Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. France is bracing for a nationwide traffic mess as drivers plan to block roads to protest rising fuel taxes, in a new challenge to embattled President Emmanuel Macron. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, standing firm against a wave of grassroots protests, said Sunday that fuel tax hikes would remain in place despite nationwide agitation.