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Chris O'Brien

Chris O’Brien is a technology reporter who covers Apple and Silicon Valley. He joined the Los Angeles Times in 2012 and has covered Silicon Valley since 1999, both as a reporter and a columnist. He’s lived through the dot-com boom and bust, and still has a talking Sock Puppet to prove it. He’s a native of Kansas and a graduate of Duke University who scoffs at Pac-10 “basketball.” He’s also a better bowler than you are.
France delays fuel tax but that may not slow national protests

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a suspension of fuel tax and utility hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that plunged Paris into chaos last weekend.

The ‘yellow vest’ protests in France aren’t limited to Paris — they’re tapping into deep anxiety nationwide

The "yellow vest" movement in France has tapped into broader anxiety bubbling across regions of the country far from Paris. And given the deep-seated, underlying issues, simply addressing Emmanuel Macron's gas tax increase no longer seems like it will be enough to resolve the tension.

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