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    One Dead, 47 Injured in France Amid Protests Against Fuel Prices - Reports

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    Unions and political parties have used social networks to call for mass protest throughout France against the rising price of petrol.

    At least 47 people were injured during protests targeting the increase in fuel prices, which took place on Saturday throughout France.

    According to the French radio station France info, three people were seriously injured in traffic accidents.

    One person was knocked down and killed in the southeastern French Isere department amid protests against fuel price hikes, local media reported on Saturday.

    According to BFMTV, the accident occurred in Isere's Pont-de-Beauvoisin commune. A female driver panicked as the traffic was blocked by scores of protesters, and bumped into the crowd, fatally injuring a woman, aged around 50 years. The driver was detained.

    There are plans to block the main transport highways, and in some places to block access to petrol stations and suburban supermarkets.

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    In Paris, the demonstration will begin with an attempt to halt traffic on the Boulevard Peripherique; participants will converge on the outskirts of Mayo.

    There are further plans to block the way to Charles de Gaulle airport and shut down the main highways of the capital, as well as to hold a demonstration near the Elysee Palace.

    The taxes are part of French President Emmanuel Macron's strategy of weaning France off fossil fuels.


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