Second death in French 'yellow vest' fuel tax protests


The French Interior Ministry has condemned the fuel tax protests that has led to two deaths, 552 wounded protesters and 95 wounded police officers.

A second person has died in France amid nationwide protests against fuel tax hikes that saw hundreds injured and key roads paralysed by demonstrations.

The French Interior Ministry sent its "sincere condolences" in a Wednesday statement to the family and friends of a motorcyclist killed in an accident near a dam Monday in the southeastern Drome region.

Protests in Port-La-Nouvelle.
Protests in Port-La-Nouvelle.

The ministry did not give details about how he was killed.

A protester was killed in a road accident Saturday as more than a quarter million French drivers blocked roads.

The 'yellow jackets' protesters.
The 'yellow jackets' protesters.

Scattered protests continued into their fifth day Wednesday on roads across France by drivers dubbed "yellow jackets" for the neon vests they sport.

The Interior Ministry condemned the violence that has led to 552 wounded protesters and 95 wounded police officers.

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