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One dead and over 200 injured in fuel protests across France

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By ITN News Editor November 18, 2018 12:46

One dead and over 200 injured in fuel protests across France

Over two hundred thousand protesters blocked roads and motorways across France causing many accidents and one accidental death on Saturday.The interior ministry said 227 people were injured, as drivers tried to get around the blockades and police clashed with protesters.At a blockade in the southeastern department of Savoie, a driver panicked when protesters surrounded her car and she accelerated, hitting and killing a protester, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

The grassroots protest movement dubbed the “yellow vests” targeted motorway sliproads, tunnel entrances and airport access roads.Thirty-eight people were taken into custody.The protest movement began when higher taxes were imposed on diesel in late 2017. At the time the government said it wanted to encourage drivers to switch to more environmentally friendly cars.People have also grown angry at President Emmanuel Macron’s other economic policies which they say have made them poorer.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 18, 2018 12:46
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