The demonstrator died when a car drove into the crowd that had blocked a road just north of the city of Grenoble, southeast of the country. According to witnesses, those who protested have drummed the car and thus frightened the driver who was scared of the crowd and tried to get away.
An estimated 124,000 activists, many in yellow vests, participated in various selections and demonstrations. Early in the afternoon, 24 people were arrested and 17 were detained, according to the domestic Minister Christophe Castaner, according to AFP.
Several places were roads blocked.
According to the TV channel BFMTV, several thousand security officers and police are called out to handle the crowd.
Most of the participants were influenced through social media. People were asked and encouraged to come in yellow vests during the protest. Some sites asked to block roads.
According to the Le Monde newspaper, 1,500 different actions were reported on Saturday. Only 100 protests had police permissions.
Supporters of the French president Emmanuel Macron claim that it is the voters of right-wing Republican Marine Le Pen who have taken the protests. Two of the country’s leading unions have also said no to participate because they believe the right-wing republicists are behind.
However, the political parties in the center-right and left-hand side of France have said they support the fuel protests.
The government has proposed to increase the tax on gasoline and diesel with 1 eurocent (8 øre) and 4 eurocent (32 øre), respectively.