After more than two weeks of protests over high fuel prices and intensifying inequality across France under centrist President Emmanuel Macron, the French government announced Tuesday that it would suspend planned price hikes for gas and electricity—but the demands of the so-called \u0022Yellow Vest\u0022 protesters have become more broad, and more broadly embraced, as the demonstrations have swelled in size and energy. The price increases for the utilities will be suspended for six months, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, but leaders of the demonstrations in which hundreds of thousands have donned yellow safety vests were dismissive of the gesture.\u0022It\u0026#039;s a first step, but we will not settle for a crumb,\u0022 Benjamin Chaucy, one of the leaders of the protest, told Al Jazeera. \u0022The French don\u0026#039;t want crumbs, they want a baguette.\u0022The yellow vest protests began November 17, with 300,000 low- to middle-income demonstrators expressing outrage over fuel costs, which have gone up 20 percent in the last year as a result of Macron\u0026#039;s plan to tax carbon use. The price hikes are the result of France\u0026#039;s effort to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent in the next 12 years—but the reaction from protesters suggests intense anger across the country as low-income households have bore the burden of the green initiative, adding to the untenable cost of living for many, while the rich have been given generous tax cuts.I don\u0026#039;t understand why not give the low income people fuel subsidies and go after the real big polluters??“France suspends fuel taxes increase to end Yellow Vests protest” by @tictochttps://t.co/ZsrRWU4saS— iamonfire (@mercforce) December 4, 2018In addition to their dissatisfaction with the government\u0026#039;s offer regarding the price hikes, the yellow vest protesters have widened the scope of their demonstrations and demands in recent days. The protests have exploded into an impossible-to-ignore statement of outrage over Macron\u0026#039;s leadership, which had a 23 percent approval rating according to a poll released Tuesday by Ifop-Fiducial for Paris Match and Sud Radio; working conditions for paramedics; school reforms; and the perception that Macron, a former investment banker, is a president for the country\u0026#039;s elite.\u0026nbsp;Workers who live in rural areas far from city centers were the worst-affected by the fuel taxes, as they rely on their cars far more than city dwellers, bolstering protesters\u0026#039; complaints that Macron represents those wealthy enough to live in Paris and other large cities.\u0022People want fair fiscal justice. They want social justice,\u0022 Thierry Paul Valette, a Paris protest coordinator, told Al Jazeera.Four people have died in the Yellow Vest protests so far, and an estimated 75,000 people took part in demonstrations that turned violent in Paris this past Saturday. Hundreds of vehicles were set on fire and the Arc de Triomphe was vandalized with the words, \u0022The Yellow Vests will triumph.\u0022Meanwhile, police used water cannons, stun grenades, and hundreds of canisters of tear gas against the demonstrators, as well as arresting about 400 people.French government considers state of emergency over Paris yellow vests protestshttps://t.co/P9Q0ocH6Qm pic.twitter.com/fXhxWwO2hd— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 2, 2018Violence during \u0026#039;yellow vests\u0026#039; protests in Paris — in pictures https://t.co/FZ6yI1uqce pic.twitter.com/2C0QCYaHdE— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) December 3, 2018‘Listen to the anger of the people’: the message of this yellow vest protester in Paris’s Place de la République #GiletsJaunesParis #f24 #giletsjaunes #GiletJaune pic.twitter.com/uh53D9jUHO— Catherine Norris-Trent (@cntrentF24) December 1, 201865 injured, 140 arrested in #Paris #protests. https://t.co/GP8jOfsNZA #GiletsJaunesParis pic.twitter.com/YSBklq2Wio— Carles Dijous (AAlb) (@carlesdijous) December 1, 2018\u0022We are in a state of insurrection, I\u0026#039;ve never seen anything like it,\u0022 Jeanne d\u0026#039;Hauteserre, mayor of Paris\u0026#039;s 8th district, told Al Jazeera.According to French journalist Agnès C. Poirier, both far-right leader Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the left-wing group France Unbowed, have tried to link themselves to the Yellow Vest movement—but their attempts have been rebuffed.\u0022The protesters seem wholly uninterested in party politics,\u0022 Poirier wrote in the New York Times last week. \u0022But they do have something in common with the extreme right and the radical left: a profound dislike of Mr. Macron.\u0022While only a few hundred thousand people have physically taken part in the movement so far, Le Figaro and Franceinfo reported late last month that 77 percent of French people support the Yellow Vests\u0026#039; protests.\u0022The Yellow Vests seem to be the face of a deep malaise in French society,\u0022 wrote Poirier.