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
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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.

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