Yellow vest protests -- bloody clashes against the rising price of fuel

The movement of the so-called "yellow vests" started on Saturday, November 17. On that day, almost 290,000 demonstrators protested over rising fuel taxes and purchasing power loss. They gathered in 2,034 different places in France. 

Sara Saidi
Sara Saidi NewsMavens, France
Yellow vest protests -- bloody clashes against the rising price of fuel - NewsMavens
Yellow vest protest, YouTube

Why this story matters:

As of Monday, November 26, several regions are still protesting. 

However, according to the Ministry of Interior, since the protests began on Saturday, the death toll has risen to two, and 585 persons were wounded -- 112 of them from security forces. 

On Reunion Island, the movement appears to have become more radical -- riots broke out, and offenders are looting and setting fires in cities such as Saint Denis or Le Port. Some of these offenders have now been imprisoned. 

French security forces have arrested 745 persons and 99 protesters were taken into custody.

The French Minister of The Interior denounced the situation and stated that the movement is radicalizing. He ordered security forces to remove each blockade. 

Because of rising oil prices , fuel prices have also increased since Emmanuel Macron began his five year term in 2017. Furthermore, according to the draft budget bill for 2019, diesel taxes will also increase by 6.5 cents per liter and fuel taxes by 2.9 cents, as early as January. 

Details from the story:

• A movement against the rising price of fuel started on Saturday, November 17. 

• Almost 290,000 demonstrators participated on Saturday. 

• They were still 15,000 demonstrators on Wednesday 

• According to the Ministry of Interior, since Saturday the death toll rose to two while 585 persons has been wounded, 112 of them from the security forces. 

• The situation appears to have become more radical on Reunion Island. 

• French security forces arrested 745 persons and 99 persons were taken into custody.


Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

The information and views set out on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

NewsMavens is a media start-up within Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest liberal broadsheet published by Agora S.A. NewsMavens is currently financed by Gazeta Wyborcza and Google DNI Fund.
Is something happening in your country that Newsmavens should cover?
Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
Jessica Sirotin
Jessica Sirotin EDITOR
Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko EDITOR
Gazeta Wyborcza, Agora SA Czerska 8/10 00-732, Warsaw Poland
The e-mail addresses provided above are not intended for recruitment purposes. Messages concerning recruitment will be deleted immediately. Your personal data provided as part of your correspondence with Zuzanna,Lea, Jessica and Ada will be processed for the purpose of resolving the issue you contacted us about. The data provided in your email is controlled by Agora S.A. with its registered office in Warsaw Czerska 8/10 Street (00-732). You can find more information about the processing and protection of your personal data at