By: Steve Dellar | 11-21-2018 | News
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France - Tax Fuel Protests Continue, Media Speaks Of ‘War’ - 550 Wounded, 2 Dead (Video)

The tax fuel protests by the ‘gilets jaunes’ (yellow vests) in France enters its fifth day. The media prints headlines calling it a ‘war’ between civilians and the state as 550 people are wounded and two died. President Macron still refuses to comment.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Un hélico survole la zone pendant que les pompiers éteignent un brasier à même la route aux abords du péage de Virsac qui était occupé jusqu’à ce matin par des <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Giletsjaunes</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Aline Leclerc (@aline_leclerc) <a href="">November 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The protest against the increase in fuel prices have resulted in a second death in France. The French police removed many blockades, but the protest continue unabated. According to the French media, an estimated 27,000 demonstrators were protesting yesterday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;We hear but we don&#39;t care&quot; is the best policy to make people wearing yellow vests more angry. The problem is tax justice, we&#39;ve done nothing to fight the rise of inequalities. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GiletsJaunes</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TaxesCarburants</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Alexis Poulin (@Poulin2012) <a href="">November 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Minister of Home Affairs Christophe Castaner stated that the protests are getting out of hand and should therefore be stopped by force if necessary. Since the big manifestations of Saturday, more than 550 people were wounded.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Continuing action at Saint-Brieuc this morning <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GiletsJaunes</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Jen (@jendeflorette) <a href="">November 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A motorcyclist succumbed to the injuries he sustained during a blockade near Valence. He drove past a traffic jam on the left, but collided with a van that was making a right turn.

Related coverage: <a href=""> France - Fuel Tax Protests Turn Violent, Toll Booths Attacked (Video)</a>.

Last Saturday almost 300,000 people protested. Their spontaneous protests were symbolized by yellow vests. They blocked roads, oil depots and companies.

The protesters fear that their purchasing power will deteriorate due to the policies of the government of President Macron.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GiletsJaunes</a> Des casseurs français sont venus incendier <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Feluy</a><a href=""></a><br>Par <a href="">@fred_delepierre</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Le Soir+ (@lesoirplus) <a href="">November 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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With big tax increases on fuel, roads and maintenance, Mr Macron wants to make sure that the French use their car less. According to the government this is necessary to reduce pollution and to obtain a better climate.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#giletsjaunes</a> la presse internationale en parle .Woman killed in France as driver accelerates at fuel tax rise blockade <a href=""></a> via <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Marc Anilton (@MarcAnilton) <a href="">November 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The 'gilets jaunes' want to hold another big protest day next Saturday. Their plan is to go to the Place de la Concorde in Paris is, which is, according to the Ministry of the Interior, for security reasons not allowed.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is why I love the French! 🤣 <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GiletsJaunes</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; 💋Violette 🇬🇧 (@violette_fields) <a href="">November 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Macron has called upon the demonstrators to enter into dialogue, but did not indicate that he was considering any concessions. Numerous business and trade organizations are now complaining that major damage is being caused by the traffic barriers.


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