Man wearing yellow jacket threatens to explode grenade
FRENCH authorities are dealing with a blast scare after a man in a yellow jacket threatened to explode a grenade.
The man, wearing a jacket similar to fuel protesters, is a petrol station in the French town of Angers, in the country's west.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told a news conference the man had shown onlookers the grenade and he was carrying other explosives, Reuters reported.
The man has demanded to see French President Emmanuel Macron.
>#BREAKING #FRANCE 🇫🇷— Mehdi Mnaouar⏳ (@MehdiMnaouar) November 23, 2018
Depuis 16H45 un forcené à l'Espace #Anjou #ANGERS vêtu d’un #GiletJaune et tenant une grenade (peut-être lacrymogène) demande à ce que les "#GiletsJaunes" soient reçus à l’Élysée
Connu pour stupéfiants, iln"parle d’explosifs" et détient "des sacs".. pic.twitter.com/PZMvXVu5Gs
Protesters in fluorescent yellow jackets have blocked highways across the country in a movement against environment taxes on fuel.
Media have reported burning barricades and convoys of slow-moving trucks, obstructing access to fuel depots, shopping centres and some factories.
#France : Une personne dotée d’un #giletsjaunes qui demande de rencontrer le président ,s’est présentée à proximité d’une station essence. Il a montré une grenade explosive. Il a indiqué qu’il était porteur de produits #explosifs https://t.co/zNTwkseq3v— Globalnews (@pascalpernai) November 23, 2018
All motorists in France must have such jackets in their cars.
Reuters reports it was not clear if the man was directly linked to the yellow jacket movement.
President Macron has refused to back down over the fuel taxes.
Man claiming to be ‘yellow vest’ fuel tax protester has brandished what appears to be a grenade near petrol station in Angers, western France, as Paris braces for big demo on Saturday. The man, known to police for drugs offences, is demanding that Macron meet protesters.— David Chazan (@davidchazan) November 23, 2018
French newspaper Le Soir is reporting the man "talks about explosives" and holds "bags", according to the police, who identified the author.
"He is alone and has in his hands an object that looks like a tear gas grenade. The departmental director of public security negotiates with him, " Angers public prosecutor Yves Gambert said.
"He claims that the yellow vests are received at the Elysee."
The alert was given at 16.45pm local time. Police have established a security perimeter.
#France A man wearing a "gilet jaune" (yellow vest) with a grenade in his hand threatens to blow up himself in #Angers. Local sources say this man is known by Police for drug use— Rosanna (@RosannaMrtnz) November 23, 2018
@StateDept @CIA @Neyrolles75 @jihadi_threat @Trecy_Di @MossadNews pic.twitter.com/FGPVWBnmCz