Protester killed in accident during French road blockades

Emmanuel Macron said protesters have a

Two more people were hit by a auto and one of them suffered serious injuries in the northern city of Arras and were taken to the hospital, according to local media.

Demonstrators wearing yellow vests (Gilets Jaunes) protest against the rising of the fuel and oil prices on November 17, 2018 in front Carrefour Market in Givors, East-central France - French drivers seething over high fuel prices have vowed to snarl traffic across the country on November 17 in a widely supported protest that could prove the trickiest so far for French President. An investigation was opened.

According to the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, about 1,000 protests are now underway, in which 50,000 people are taking part across the country.

An estimated 50,000 demonstrators were participating in the protests, and some incidents occurred as drivers not taking part tried to get around the blockades, police sources said.

The Interior Ministry said security forces used tear gas in several places to unblock major routes, notably at the access road to the Mont Blanc tunnel where about 30 canisters were fired.


The demonstration in Paris began early in the morning: the protesters first gathered at one of the entrances to the city, then blocked part of the Boulevard Peripherique, the city's ring road.

The government sent in police to monitor tens of thousands of gathering points, some non-declared in advance and therefore illegal. Many drivers see them as emblematic of a presidency that is disconnected from day-to-day economic difficulties.

- "President of the rich" - The movement enjoys much broader support than other protests since Macron swept to power past year, with 73 percent of respondents backing the protests in an Elabe poll this week.

The fluorescent vests must be kept in the vehicles of all French drivers in case of auto trouble.

"We've had enough of it. There are too many taxes in this country", he told The Associated Press.

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