Fuel militants have to change their ways

A death and multiple severe injuries were the horrific consequences of illegal road blockades by French car owners protesting at rising fuel prices.

The nationwide toll during the main day of action – November 17 – was one run over and killed, up to 400 wounded and more than 282 arrested.

Grassroots militants calling themselves the gilets jaunes (yellow vests), after the brightly-coloured safety tops all motorists are obliged to keep in their boots in France, were prepared to risk all on a Saturday when the country ground to a halt.

Beyond gambling with their very existence on roundabouts and at other busy junctions, some fought running battles with riot police on streets including the Champs-Élysées itself. Serious trouble in Paris also threatened President Emmanuel Macron’s official ...

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