France fuel protest: One dead in ‘yellow vest’ blockades
A protester has died and there are reports of injuries elsewhere as demonstrators angry at rising fuel prices disrupt traffic across France.
The female protester was struck after a driver panicked and drove towards demonstrators, reports said.
Some 120,000 “yellow vests”, so-called after the high-visibility jackets they are required to carry in their cars, have gathered in 2,000 locations.
They accuse President Emmanuel Macron of abandoning “the little people”.
Mr Macron admitted this week that he had not “really managed to reconcile the French people with their leaders”.
Nonetheless, he accused his political opponents of hijacking the movement in order to block his reform programme.
Officials have warned that, while they will not stop the protests, they will not allow them to bring the French road network to a standstill.
What has happened so far?
The female protester was killed in the south-eastern Savoy region when a driver who was taking her daughter to hospital panicked at being blocked by about 50 demonstrators, who were striking the roof of her vehicle, and drove into them, Le Parisien newspaper reported.
The driver has been taken into police custody in a state of shock. Protesters in Brittany in north-western France held a min
ute’s silence for the victim.
« Aujourd’hui on l’espère, c’est le début de quelque chose. On est pas des révolutionnaires, on est pas des syndiqués, par contre on sait se faire entendre » annonce Benoit, coordinateur du mouvement de Vitré et Chateaubourg @ouestfrance35 pic.twitter.com/F2gpgTTLF1
— Jeanne Nicolle-Annic (@Jeannecolleni) November 17, 2018