10 deaths linked to gilets jaunes protests, media report


A total of 10 people have died in connection with the gilets jaunes protests that have taken place in France over the past six weeks, according to media reports.

Reuters and The Guardian both reported that a 36-year-old man died in a car accident near Perpignan in southern France on 21 December. The man was in a car that hit a truck used by protesters to block a road, Reuters reported.

Authorities said the man’s death brought the total number linked to the protests to 10, according to Reuters, which also reported that most of these deaths had been the result of road traffic accidents.

The protests – named for the yellow vests worn by the protesters – had much-reduced attendance in their sixth week, Reuters reported. About 800 people were protesting in Paris at 11am on the 22 December, it said, down from about 4,000 the week before.

Originally motivated by a planned rise in fuel tax, the protests soon broadened to expressing anger about rising costs of living and a perceived favouring of the rich by president Emmanuel Macron. They turned violent, with shops being looted and cars burned in Paris.

Words: Craig Nicholson

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