A motorist on Saturday (November 17) accidentally hit and killed a protester taking part in a campaign of road blockades across France that has been triggered by fuel tax hikes, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.
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The demonstrators are trying to block motorways as well as access to fuel depots in a grassroots movement dubbed the "yellow vests" that began as a backlash against the higher fuel taxes introduced by President Emmanuel Macron.
At a blockade on a road in the southeastern department of Savoie, a driver panicked when she saw protesters blocking the way and accelerated, hitting and killing a woman demonstrator, Castaner and the local prefect said in televised comments.
Sixteen protesters have so far suffered minor injuries, Castaner said.
Castaner said around 50,000 demonstrators are expected to take to the streets throughout the day.