A security operation is underway at the parking lot of the Espace Anjou commercial center in Angers as of Friday afternoon (local time), November 23, after a man affiliated with the "yellow vest" movement claimed to be carrying explosives. Police have reportedly surrounded the man and have evacuated the area. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the area of the incident over the coming hours.
The "yellow vest" movement launched protests on November 17 against rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax. Hundreds of thousands have engaged in slow-rolling protests to block roads and highways, causing significant traffic disruptions. Two people have been killed and another 552 injured in traffic incidents.
The government is planning a tax increase on fuel prices, including gasoline and diesel, beginning on January 1, 2019, to promote environmentally friendly practices.
Individuals in Angers are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. road closures and evacuation orders).
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