Woman killed by 'panicked driver' as protesters block roads across France

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Authorities didn't give a breakdown about how the 47 others were injured during the protests.

Most protests passed peacefully but at some places tempers flared and drivers tried to force their way through the roadblocks.

The "yellow vests" movement, named for the high-visibility jackets worn by supporters, erupted on social media last month with calls for blockades of roads and motorways.

Diesel prices have surged 23% over the a year ago and it's President Macron who's taking the blame. Nearly 50 others were injured in other incidents, officials said.

He also said more tax on fossil fuels was needed to fund renewable energy investments.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government won't bow to protesters and roll back gasoline levies, arguing that other tax cuts have reduced the overall burden on taxpayers.

An investigation is under way into the death of a protester who was hit by a driver who apparently accelerated in panic while caught in a demonstration in the eastern Savoie region, according to a regional official.

Police questioned almost 300 protesters, and took about half of them into custody.

French officials say over a quarter of a million people across the country took part in protests against rising fuel taxes over the weekend. Among the injured was a police officer in the Mediterranean city of Grasse.

A woman has been killed in a "tragic accident" after a auto rammed into protesters in France.

Protesters pledged to target tollbooths, roundabouts and the Paris orbital bypass on Saturday. They called themselves "yellow jackets" because most were wearing the fluorescent yellow vests that must be kept in vehicles of all French drivers in case of auto troubles.

The planned increase in fuel taxes, notably for diesel fuel, spoke to those French who feel the president has asked ordinary citizens to make the largest efforts in his bid to transform France.

Many drivers see it as emblematic of a presidency they view as disconnected from day-to-day economic difficulties and serving the rich.

- "President of the rich" - The movement enjoys much broader support than other protests since Macron swept to power previous year, with 73 percent of respondents backing the protests in an Elabe poll this week.

Robert Tichit, 67, a retiree, referred to the president as "King Macron". "There are too many taxes in this country", he told The Associated Press.

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