The French government's most recent attempt to tackle climate change has not worked:
Futures Forum: Climate change: France introducing a carbon tax is "a masterclass in how not to sell climate policy"
It's clear that if any attempts are to work, then the burden cannot fall unfairly:
Futures Forum: Climate change: the poor must not pay
The response from the media has been contradictory.
Climate sceptics see Macron's turnabout as a vindication:
France's protesters are part of a global backlash against climate change - Washington PostFrance's protesters part of global backlash against climate change taxes, World News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
Others point out that the protesters were not protesting against the notion of climate change:
France's Yellow-Vest Protesters Aren't Against Climate Action - The Atlantic
France’s Yellow Vest Protesters Want to Fight Climate Change | The New Republic
What is now clear, though, is that the bottom end of society should not pay:
Macron’s mistake: Taxing the poor to tackle climate change – POLITICO
As this piece from the BBC outlines:
Climate change: Protecting the poor from green taxes - BBC News