France Suffers Deepest Protests in Years

Published November 19th, 2018 - 08:37 GMT

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At least one woman was killed and 400 people were wounded during violent protests across France as citizens demonstated against fuel tax hikes. On Saturday, some 287,000 protesters blocked roads and halted traffic, according to the French interior ministry. 

In Paris police have used tear gas to repel protesters trying to reach the Elysée Palace and chanting slogans urging President Emmanuel Macron to resign.

 

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A protester holds a burning flare during a blocking of the ring road of Caen, northwestern France, on November 18, 2018 in Caen.
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Image 1 of 11:  1 / 11A protester holds a burning flare during a blocking of the ring road of Caen, northwestern France, on November 18, 2018 in Caen. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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Protesters stand around a fire as they block the A10 motorway in Virsac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, on November 18, 2018.
NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP
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Image 2 of 11:  2 / 11Protesters stand around a fire as they block the A10 motorway in Virsac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, on November 18, 2018. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP

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People stand as a man gestures in front of gendarmes on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France.
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Image 3 of 11:  3 / 11People stand as a man gestures in front of gendarmes on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France. CREDITCHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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People block the Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France, on a second day of action after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called 'yellow vest'  against fuel prices.
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Image 4 of 11:  4 / 11People block the Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France, on a second day of action after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" against fuel prices. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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People stand in a bridge as they block the Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen.
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Image 5 of 11:  5 / 11People stand in a bridge as they block the Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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People block Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France, on a second day of action after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called 'yellow vest' movement against high fuel prices.
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Image 6 of 11:  6 / 11People block Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France, on a second day of action after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" movement against high fuel prices. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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A man wears a yellow vest with the inscription 'Stop to French taxes' while protestors slow down traffic on a road in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, western France.
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Image 7 of 11:  7 / 11A man wears a yellow vest with the inscription "Stop to French taxes" while protestors slow down traffic on a road in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, western France. SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP

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Protestors stand near a picture representing French President Emmanuel Macron while they slow down traffic on a road in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, western France, on November 18, 2018.
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Image 8 of 11:  8 / 11Protestors stand near a picture representing French President Emmanuel Macron while they slow down traffic on a road in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, western France, on November 18, 2018. SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP

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People and a mascot of Pikachu stand in front of gendarme's trucks on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France.
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Image 9 of 11:  9 / 11People and a mascot of Pikachu stand in front of gendarme's trucks on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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People stand in front of gendarmes on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen.
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Image 10 of 11:  10 / 11People stand in front of gendarmes on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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People block Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, Normandy, on a second day of action, a day after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called 'yellow vest' movement. 
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Image 11 of 11:  11 / 11People block Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, Normandy, on a second day of action, a day after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" movement. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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A protester holds a burning flare during a blocking of the ring road of Caen, northwestern France, on November 18, 2018 in Caen.
CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Image 1 of 11A protester holds a burning flare during a blocking of the ring road of Caen, northwestern France, on November 18, 2018 in Caen. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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Protesters stand around a fire as they block the A10 motorway in Virsac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, on November 18, 2018.
NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP

Image 2 of 11Protesters stand around a fire as they block the A10 motorway in Virsac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, on November 18, 2018. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP

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People stand as a man gestures in front of gendarmes on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France.
CREDITCHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Image 3 of 11People stand as a man gestures in front of gendarmes on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France. CREDITCHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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People block the Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France, on a second day of action after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called 'yellow vest'  against fuel prices.
CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Image 4 of 11People block the Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France, on a second day of action after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" against fuel prices. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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People stand in a bridge as they block the Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen.
CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Image 5 of 11People stand in a bridge as they block the Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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People block Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France, on a second day of action after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called 'yellow vest' movement against high fuel prices.
CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Image 6 of 11People block Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France, on a second day of action after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" movement against high fuel prices. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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A man wears a yellow vest with the inscription 'Stop to French taxes' while protestors slow down traffic on a road in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, western France.
SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP

Image 7 of 11A man wears a yellow vest with the inscription "Stop to French taxes" while protestors slow down traffic on a road in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, western France. SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP

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Protestors stand near a picture representing French President Emmanuel Macron while they slow down traffic on a road in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, western France, on November 18, 2018.
SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP

Image 8 of 11Protestors stand near a picture representing French President Emmanuel Macron while they slow down traffic on a road in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, western France, on November 18, 2018. SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP

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People and a mascot of Pikachu stand in front of gendarme's trucks on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France.
CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Image 9 of 11People and a mascot of Pikachu stand in front of gendarme's trucks on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, northwestern France. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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People stand in front of gendarmes on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen.
CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Image 10 of 11People stand in front of gendarmes on Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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People block Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, Normandy, on a second day of action, a day after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called 'yellow vest' movement. 
CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Image 11 of 11People block Caen's circular road on November 18, 2018 in Caen, Normandy, on a second day of action, a day after a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" movement. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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