French drivers blocking roads to protest rising fuel taxes

Elias Hubbard
November 17, 2018

The angry motorists" movement emerged in social networks; the "Yellow Jackets' are threatening to block roads throughout the country, demanding that the authorities reduce fuel taxes.

At a blockade on a road in the southeastern department of Savoie, a driver panicked when she saw protesters barring the way and accelerated, hitting and killing a woman demonstrator, Castaner and the local prefect said in televised comments.

According to French media reports, the protesters reportedly knocked on her vehicle as she tried to take her daughter to hospital. An investigation was opened.

Police said three of the 47 injured in separate incidents are in serious condition. Officials say that 24 people have been arrested and 17 held for questioning.

Protesters are demonstrating against petrol price hikes throughout France. But up to 200 people were later seen walking down the street, apparently heading toward the Elysee presidential palace.

Sixteen people were lightly injured in other accidents across the country, including a person run over by a auto in the north who was left in a critical state, and a policeman in the southern town of Grasse hit by a driver trying to force his way through a blockade.

The government sent in police to monitor tens of thousands of gathering points, some non-declared in advance and therefore illegal.

The protesters have dubbed themselves the "yellow jackets" because they wear fluorescent vests that all French drivers must keep in their vehicles in case of auto troubles.

The taxes are part of President Emmanuel Macron's strategy of weaning France off fossil fuels.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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