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18 nov. 2018 | 14h15 UTC

France: Demonstrations against fuel tax hike continue Nov. 18 /update 2

France Alerte de sécurité

Demonstrations against fuel tax hike continue on November 18; widespread transportation disruptions persist

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/11/2018, 12h00 until 18/11/2018, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France

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Event

Nationwide protests continue for a second consecutive day on Sunday, November 18. In what is known as the "yellow vest" movement against fuel tax hikes, hundreds of thousands have participated in marches in cities across France since November 17, and have blocked major roads and highways. Tensions between motorists and protesters remain high; at least one person died after being struck by a vehicle and more that 400 have been injured in incidents. Officials indicate as many as 280 people were arrested. Traffic disruptions are expected to continue at least through the nighttime hours (local time) and clashes between police and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

Demonstrations denouncing rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax began on November 17 across France. Organizers of the so-called "yellow vest" movement called on participants to engage in slow-rolling protests to block roads and highways. Significant traffic disruptions in the vicinity of the demonstrations, including road blockades, were reported throughout the day, including on major highways and main roads in urban centers.

The government is planning a tax increase on fuel prices, including gasoline and diesel, beginning on January 1, 2019, to promote environmentally friendly practices.

Advice

Individuals in France are advised to monitor developments to the situation, allow for extra time to reach their destinations, and avoid all protests as a precaution.

 

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