1 dead, dozens injured in French fuel taxes protests

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 17, 2018

A protester has been killed and 47 others injured during roadblocks set up around France to demonstrate against rising fuel taxes, in a new challenge to embattled President Emmanuel Macron.

The protester was killed when a driver caught in traffic accelerated in a panic at Pont-de-Beauvoisin, near Chambery, said Louis Laugier, the prefect, or top state official, in the eastern Savoie region.

Demonstrators were also on the march in cities, including Marseille where about 100 people, wearing the high visibility vests drivers keep in their cars, blocked roads around its port.

Most protests were relatively calm despite the anger expressed by many in interviews and on social media in recent days over the surge in fuel prices this year, in particular for diesel.

"We're on maximum alert", he said, reiterating that police would ensure that no roads were completely blocked in order to ensure people's safety.

One of the reasons for the increase in fuel prices is the introduction of an environmental tax on greenhouse gas emissions announced by the authorities.

Sixteen people were lightly injured in other accidents across the country, including a person run over by a vehicle 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 fluorescent yellow vests donned by the protesters must be kept in the vehicles of all French drivers in case of auto troubles.

Police said that three of the 47 injured in separate incidents at the protests are in serious condition, according to the ministry.

"Macron is the president of the rich and not the poor".

Opposition parties and labour unions have voiced support for the demonstration but most have not joined, wary of being seen alongside officials from the National Rally and other far-right groups.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE