A motorist has accidentally hit and killed a protester taking part in a campaign of road blockades across France triggered by fuel tax rises, officials have said. The demonstrators are trying to block motorways and fuel depots as part of a grassroots movement billed as the “yellow vests”. They are angry at higher fuel taxes introduced by President Emmanuel Macron. In the south-eastern department of Savoie, a driver panicked when she saw protesters barring the way and accelerated, hitting and killing a female demonstrator, the interior minister, Christophe Castaner, and a local official said. Protesters pledged to target tollbooths, roundabouts and the Paris orbital bypass on Saturday. The taxes are part of Macron’s strategy to reduce France’s reliance on fossil fuels. Many drivers see them as emblematic of a presidency that is disconnected from day-to-day economic difficulties. The protesters call themselves the “yellow jackets” after the fluorescent vests all French drivers are mandated to keep in their vehicles in case of a roadside breakdown.