Over 250,000 thousand protest over fuel prices in France

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Some incidents occurred as drivers not taking part tried to get around the blockades, police sources said.

Protest organisers have called for more demonstrations Sunday at about 150 locations countrywide, the minister added.

The injured, 409 in total, included 28 police, paramilitary police or firefighters.

The yellow vests enjoy much broader support than other protests since Macron swept to power past year, with 73% of respondents backing the protests in an Elabe poll this week.

In the eastern Savoie region, authorities said a woman trying to get her daughter to a doctor panicked after protesters surrounded her auto and banged on the roof.

The recent price hike is a direct result of President Emmanuel Macron's commitment to curbing climate change, which included higher carbon taxes for 2018, the first full year of his term.

Hundreds of protesters took over the Place de la Concorde at the bottom of the avenue, shouting "Macron resign" as police looked on.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday evening said the government would stay the course, but acknowledged the "suffering" expressed by the protests.

Protesters shout bloc the traffic on the place de la Concorde to protest fuel taxes in Paris France Saturday Nov. 17 2018. France is bracing for a nationwide traffic mess as drivers plan to block roads to protest rising fuel taxes in a new challenge

One protester, Esteban, told Sky News the cost of fuel was so high that he was considering a second job to help pay for his transport to school and work.

Three people were seriously injured and 44 others were slightly injured, ministry officials said.

Prices have eased this month, although protestors on Saturday had other complaints too, as Macron's next test at the ballot box in European parliamentary elections in May 2019 looms. "There were assaults, fights, stabbings", Castaner said.

"We're on maximum alert", he said, reiterating that police would ensure that no roads were completely blocked in order to ensure people's safety.

Analysts say the movement has come to represent more widespread frustration against Macron, a former investment banker who has pushed through a series of reforms aimed at bolstering economic growth. "I deplore the death of this woman", she said, speaking to Europe 1 radio. But, in an attempt to assuage protesters' concerns, the government last week announced it would offer energy subsidies and a grant of €4,000 ($4,600) for poorer families to replace older, less fuel-efficient vehicles.

"We've had enough of it".

But he said he would not rescind increases on fuel tax - set to rise again in January.

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