One dead, dozens injured in French fuel taxes protests

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Sixteen people suffered minor injuries in other accidents across the country, and a person run over by a auto in northern France was in a critical state, according to the interior ministry, which estimated some 50,000 demonstrators were participating in Saturday's protests.

A motorist on Saturday accidentally hit and killed a protester taking part in a campaign of road blockades across France that has been triggered by fuel tax hikes, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

Another woman driving a auto panicked when she encountered a roadblock and ran over a protester, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Saturday on live television.

The French authorities have not given a breakdown about how they were injured, but said three are in a serious condition in hospital.

The Interior Ministry said that around 125,000 protesters were involved in about 2,000 demonstrations around France.

People block the traffic of Paris' landmark Avenue des Champs Elysees and place Charles de Gaulle-Etoile on November 17, 2018 in Paris.

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Protesters pledged to target tollbooths, roundabouts and the bypass that rings Paris on Saturday.

The government sent in police to monitor tens of thousands of gathering points, some not declared in advance and therefore illegal.

The fluorescent yellow vests donned by the protesters must be kept in the vehicles of all French drivers in case of auto troubles.

Named for the high-visibility jackets worn by the protesters, the "yellow vests" say they are being squeezed by years of fuel tax increases that have driven prices to levels not seen since the early 2000s.

They are angry at higher fuel taxes introduced by President Emmanuel Macron.

Many drivers see them as emblematic of a presidency disconnected from day-to-day economic difficulties. However, protesters and their supporters have voiced anger about other issues, too, including diminishing buying power.

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