Woman killed by 'panicked driver' as protesters block roads across France

The yellow vest is the symbol of the French drivers protesting against the rising price of fuel

Woman killed, 47 injured during fuel tax protest, French officials say

Five people were seriously injured, while the others had more minor injuries, the Interior Ministry said in an early evening statement, raising an earlier count.

In a similar scenario, police cleared out the huge traffic circle around the Arc de Triomphe, paralyzed for hours by protesters.

Demonstrators block the traffic on the highway A47 between Lyon and Saint-Etienne on November 17, 2018, as part of a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under French President.

French retail group Auchan reported violent incidents at around 20 shopping centres where it operates hypermarkets.

Tens of thousands of people across France have protested against high fuel prices, in mass rallies that turned violent when clashes erupted in parts of the country and a protester was accidentally run over and killed by a vehicle. About 3,500 stayed out overnight, he added.

The amateur nature of the protests, often spontaneous and therefore illegal, made it tricky for police, who had orders to use dialogue over force but to stop protesters from completely blocking major routes or endangering lives or property.

"Last night was restive".

The yellow jacket protests drew supporters angry about other issues, too, including diminishing buying power. "There was a lot of alcohol at certain venues, which led to this idiotic behaviour".

People walk on the Champs Elysees in Paris to protest fuel taxes.

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Most protests passed peacefully but at some places tempers flared and drivers tried to force their way through the roadblocks.

The protester who died, a 63-year-old woman, was killed when a driver caught in the blockade accelerated in a panic at Pont-de-Beauvoisin, near Chambery, according to Louis Laugier, the top state official, in the eastern Savoie region.

In several spots across the country protesters vowed to carry on their action on Monday and beyond.

Media reports that there have been some 50 other injuries across the country, including in the northern region of Arras where a 71-year-old man was hit by a vehicle.

"There are many young people among us because we can't make ends meet anymore", said Emilie, a 27-year old temporary sales manager in Cavaillon in the south of the country.

"We've had enough of it".

"The course we set is good and we will keep it", Philippe said during an interview on TV station France-2, "It's not when the wind blows that you change course".

Analysts say the movement has come to represent more widespread frustration against Macron, a former investment banker who has pushed through a series of reforms aimed at bolstering economic growth.

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