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Soldiers deployed to island's fuel protest; RIOTS HIT FRENCH TERRITORY.

FRANCE has deployed soldiers to calm violence on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion after protests over fuel tax rises degenerated into looting and rioting. Schools on the island were closed for a third day yesterday because protesters' roadblocks prevent teachers, children and food supplies from reaching them, according to a statement from the regional administration.

Emmanuel Petrol price protests have simmered in France and its overseas territories since Saturday. On Reunion, an island cherished by tourists, the protests unleashed broader anger over poverty, which is much more widespread than on the French mainland.

France's President Emmanuel Macron defended government efforts to boost the economy on Reunion but also ordered troops to the area, calling the violence "unacceptable".

The French military could not provide details on the deployments.

Macron The prefecture said 123 people have been arrested on Reunion since Saturday and some 30 police officers injured.

Nationwide, the petrol price protests have left two people dead and hundreds injured.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Nov 23, 2018
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