Scattered tax protests persist in France; injuries up to 409

Scattered tax protests persist in France; injuries up to 409

The protesters are nicknamed "yellow vests" for the high-visibility jackets they wear.

Although most of the blockades were carried out without incident, tempers flared at times as some drivers confronted the protesters or tried to force their way through.

The demonstrators are trying to block motorways and fuel depots as part of a grassroots movement billed as the "yellow vests".

The "yellow vest" movement enjoyed much more public support than others against Macron since he swept to the presidency past year.

The protests began at the end of past year after higher fuel taxes were introduced.

At least 106 people were injured across the country, including five seriously, according to the interior ministry.

Protesters blocked roads across France, disrupting traffic in many areas as well as blocking access to gas stations.

Protesters gathered at sensitive flashpoints, including the entry to a tunnel under the Mont-Blanc mountain in the Alps, and traffic was backed up on several highways.

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French officials say over a quarter of a million people across the country took part in protests against rising fuel taxes over the weekend. A police officer and a firefighter who intervened when protesters attacked a closed service station were among the eight.

Almost 283,000 people were estimated to have taken part in more than 2,000 protests at roundabouts and on major motorways and thoroughfares across the country on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.

The French interior ministry said that almost 300 protesters were questioned, with 157 among them taken into custody.

She accelerated into the crowd and killed a 63-year-old woman.

Prices have eased this month, although protestors on Saturday had other complaints too, as Macron's next test at the ballot box in European parliamentary elections in May 2019 looms.

Analysts say the movement now represents more widespread frustration over stagnant spending power under Macron, a former investment banker who promised economic revival and to restore people's trust in government. The government announced last week a series of measures to quell the anger, including energy subsidies and higher scrappage bonuses towards cleaner vehicles.

"We've had enough of it".

The planned increase in fuel taxes, notably for diesel fuel, spoke to those French who feel the president has asked ordinary citizens to make the largest efforts in his bid to transform France.

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