Accidents and anger at anti-Macron ‘yellow vest’ road blocks across France

Charles Platiau, REUTERS | A man wearing a yellow vest, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, holds a pancard with the message, "World Champions for Taxes", as demonstrators gather on the Champs Elysees in Paris on November 17.

“Yellow vest” demonstrators blocked motorways across France on Saturday in protest at President Emmanuel Macron. The movement began out of fury at higher petrol taxes, but is now a general protest against Macron's policies.

  • An estimated 282,000 people took part in more than 2,000 “yellow vestprotests nationwide, according to French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.
  • One person was killed accidently and 400 injured – three critically – in accidents related to the demonstrations.
  • The protests were at times tense, with security forces using teargas to disperse crowds attempting to reach the Elysée presidential palace in Paris.

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