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Finance Minister: Fuel Rallies Had ‘Severe Impact’ on French Economy

© AP Photo / Kamil ZihniogluFrench Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire - Sputnik International
PARIS (Sputnik) - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday that more than a week of protests over fuel tax hikes had dealt a severe blow to the national economy.

"The recent events have had a severe impact on national economic activities, in the mainland and also in overseas territories, particularly in Reunion," he said at a press conference.

'Yellow vest' proteststers blocked Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris - Sputnik International
'Yellow Vests' Fuel Price Protests in France
Nationwide protests flared up on 17 November over high diesel and gasoline prices. People wearing yellow vests blocked roads and access to some factories. In an escalation, thousands clashed with police in Paris last Saturday.

READ MORE: Four Men Face Charges of Plotting Attack Amid Fuel Protests in France — Reports

The finance and economy chief estimated that retail figures dropped by 35 percent on the first day of protests and by 18 percent on 24 November.

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