France fired because of high fuel prices, dozens arrested, died (VIDEO)


French security officials arrested 117 people in protests against high fuel prices, a spokesman for the French Interior Ministry said in a statement on demonstrations surrounding France this weekend.

"The police arrested 117 people, 73 remain incarcerated," the ministry official said, adding that the number of victims rose to 227. A man was killed – a woman who was broken in an accident in one of the blockades trying to pass a driver.

Some 283,000 demonstrators took part in blockades organized by "yellow vests" throughout France. Seven people were seriously injured, including a police officer, the ministry said, while the locks were not raised in more than 200 locations. Protests came as fuel rates rose late last year, but the "yellow waistcoats" move up sharply because of soaring oil prices in late summer.


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