French protester killed in accident at anti-fuel tax blockade

Blockade Chaos: French Protest Rising Fuel Prices in Paris

Police say that three of the injured are in serious condition, according to the ministry.

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.

Thousands of drivers blocked roads across France on Saturday in a "yellow vest" movement against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under President Emmanuel Macron.

According to the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, about 1,000 protests are now underway, in which 50,000 people are taking part across the country. Officials said that 24 people have been detained and 17 held for questioning.

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

Wearing the safety hazard jackets drivers are mandated by law to carry in their vehicle, "Yellow Vests" are protesting the 23 per cent rise in diesel to €1.51 (£1.32/$1.71) per litre - the increase coming in a span of just 12 months and at its highest point since the early 2000s.

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The protesters have dubbed themselves the "yellow jackets" because they wear fluorescent vests that all French drivers must keep in their vehicles in case of auto troubles.

- "President of the rich" - The movement enjoys much broader support than other protests since Macron swept to power past year, with 73 percent of respondents backing the protests in an Elabe poll this week. Many drivers see them as emblematic of a presidency seen as disconnected from day-to-day economic difficulties.

Robert Tichit, 67, a retiree, referred to the president as "King Macron".

The backlash is the latest confrontation between Mr Macron and voters, mostly based in the countryside and provincial towns and cities, who view the former investment banker as the representative of a remote urban elite.

"We've had enough of it".

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