Anger at fuel prices: why the rise?

First fuel protest on November 17

Around 280,000 people, the self-named gilets jaunes (yellow vests), took to the roads across France on November 17 to protest at fuel price rises, although it widened into a general protest at taxes.

They say sporadic blockades and demonstrations will continue until action is taken. Nurses vowed to join in.

The protests were organised through social media and several were not declared, as legally required, to prefectures. A woman protestor was run over and killed by a driver trying to pass and 14 people were seriously injured on November 17.

Below we analyse the fuel price rises.

 

How much have fuel prices increased?

In mid-October when protestors began to voice anger, fuel prices were 19 cents per litre higher for ...

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