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WorldWoman dies in France fuel protests

18:30  03 december  2018
18:30  03 december  2018 Source:   bbc.com

Police brace for driver protests in Paris, around France

Police brace for driver protests in Paris, around France France is deploying thousands of police to try to contain nationwide protests and road blockades by drivers angry over rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron's presidency. 

Thousands-strong ‘yellow vests’ rallies in France over fuel price hikes have been marred by a death. A person was accidentally killed when a panicked motorist As the rallies gained pace, a demonstration in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, southeast France , lead to tragedy. One woman was killed after protesters

One protester has died and more than 200 were injured as more than a quarter of a million people took to the streets of France , angry at rising fuel prices. They accuse President Emmanuel Macron of abandoning "the little people". Mr Macron has not so far commented on the protests , some of which

Woman dies in France fuel protests© Getty Images Changes affecting ambulance drivers are part of a raft of reforms by French President Emmanuel Macron An 80-year-old woman has died after being hit by a tear gas canister at her window during Saturday's fuel protests in the French city of Marseille.

The woman, who lived in an apartment near to where the protests were taking place, was hit in the face while closing the shutters.

Protests over fuel tax have grown into general anger at higher living costs.

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A protester has died in an accident and there are also reports of injuries as demonstrators angry at rising fuel prices disrupt traffic across France . Thousands of people have taken to the streets across the country. More than 100 people have been injured and there have been dozens of arrests.

The 63-year-old woman died after being hit by a vehicle in the eastern Savoie region, according to an official. The driver of the vehicle had reportedly accelerated in panic after her car was surrounded by protesters . Image: Drivers in France blocked roads to protest against rising fuel taxes.

After being taken to hospital, the woman died during an operation after suffering shock, local media report.

Three other people have been killed in the protests since demonstrations started more than two weeks ago, police said on Sunday.

France's interior ministry says about 136,000 people took part in the protests nationwide on Sunday, showing widespread support for the movement known as the "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests), who complain about a sharp increase in fuel taxes.

The are so called because they have taken to the streets wearing the high-visibility yellow clothing that is required to be carried in every vehicle by French law.

Protests continued into Monday, as students in about 100 secondary schools across the country demonstrated against educational and exam reforms.

French police deployed amid new round of protests over taxes

French police deployed amid new round of protests over taxes French authorities have deployed thousands of police on Paris' Champs-Elysees avenue to try to contain protests by people angry over rising taxes and President Emmanuel Macron's government. The so-called yellow jackets have called for new demonstrations and road blockades Saturday across France, including the capital, where a demonstration last weekend turned violent. Hundreds of people gathered at the top of the Champs-Elysees on Saturday morning. Access to the avenue was closed to cars and strictly monitored by police with identity checks and bag inspections.

Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, demonstrate on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France The mother panicked and suddenly ploughed into the crowd in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, southeast France , hitting a woman in her 50s.

A woman has died during protests against rising petrol and diesel prices and government plans to further hike the tax on vehicle fuel in France . Another woman driving a car panicked when she encountered a roadblock and ran over a protester , French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said

Also on Monday, French ambulance drivers staged further demonstrations against a range of social security and healthcare reforms they say could affect their services.

Dozens of trucks formed a blockade from Paris's Place de la Concorde to the French National Assembly.

One protester told the Reuters news agency:

"[The reforms] will bludgeon us financially and destroy our companies. We're going to have to fire people, that's for sure."

It is unclear whether the groups of students and health workers have directly aligned themselves with the "yellow vests."

Woman dies in France fuel protests© BBC Newspapers speak of a "national political crisis"

French media shocked by worst rioting since 1968

By BBC Monitoring

There is shock and anger in the mainstream French press after "yellow vest" protesters ran riot in Paris neighbourhoods, burning cars and looting shops.

Left-wing daily Libération says: "Paris has undoubtedly experienced the most violent rallies since the events of May '68." The paper notes the "heterogeneity" of the protesters - from nationalists and far-right student groups to hard-left militants and anarchists.

Support falls for France's 'yellow vest' protests: polls

Support falls for France's 'yellow vest' protests: polls Support for the "yellow vest" protesters in France has dropped sharply following President Emmanuel Macron's concessions to ease taxes and boost income, leaving the country split, two opinion polls showed Tuesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); One poll, carried out by Opinionway, said 54 percent of those surveyed wanted the protest to stop, while 45 percent wanted it to continue.

Protesters blocked roads across France , disrupting traffic in many areas as well as blocking access to gas stations. One protester died in a road accident in Pont-de-Beauvoisin in the southeastern region of Savoie Some protests ended up in scuffles with police. Officers have so far arrested 117 people

Media captionThousands march in France over diesel tax. One protester has died and more than 200 were injured as more than a quarter of a million Most of the protests have been taking place without incident although several of the injuries came when drivers tried to force their way through protesters .

In an editorial entitled "National emergency", centre-right daily Le Figaro says that 1 December will "remain a collective injury for the nation". It comments that "in the face of this explosion of inexcusable violence", the whole country "had the feeling of witnessing the collapse of the state".

Business daily Les Echos says in its headline that President Emmanuel Macron "is facing chaos". "After the violent scenes on Saturday, the Elysée is still looking for a strong political response," the paper notes.

Centre-left daily Le Monde speaks of a "major political crisis" and notes that after returning from Argentina, President Macron immediately went to the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris which was a "scene of violence".

French President Emmanuel Macron held an urgent security meeting earlier on Monday. Ministers said that while no options had been ruled out, imposing a state of emergency had not been discussed during the talks.

More than 100 people were injured in the Paris protests, including 23 members of the security forces, and nearly 400 people were arrested, police said.

Will Macron's U-turn stop France's 'yellow vest' protests?.
The French government has announced a major U-turn in suspending fuel tax rises in a bid to end increasingly violent demonstrations. But who are the "yellow vest" protesters, and will the tax relief and other concessions be enough to mollify their anger? - Who are the protesters? - The "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests) movement sprang up in late October against increases in fuel taxes announced as part of President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to pursue clean energy policies.

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