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>> Thousands of protesters paralyzed roads across France on Saturday in a backlash against higher fuel taxes. At one blockade in the southeast, a driver panicked when protesters surrounded her car. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said she accidentally knocked down and killed a female demonstrator.>>
> 16 people were lightly injured and one critically in other accidents too, some occurring as drivers tried to get round the blockades.
The grassroots activists behind the campaign are nicknamed the Yellow Vests, and they orchestrated the campaign on social media, marching in cities and blocking highways and fuel depots as traffic backed up. They've drawn broader support both from voters angered by President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms. About 50,000 people took part in the mass action, the interior ministry estimated.
Opposition to Macron, a former investment banker, comes mainly from the countryside and provincial towns where he's seen as part of a remote urban elite. In his 18 months in power, he has pushed through reforms in the face of union opposition, overhauling the indebted state rail operator SNCF. The Yellow Vest movement has snowballed over the past month, catching Macron and others off guard.
Drawing rare concessions from the government, which has announced fresh funds to support low-income motorists. The diesel tax hike is meant to encourage drivers to switch to greener cars.