November 23, 2018 / 5:57 PM / 22 days ago

Man wearing yellow jacket threatens to explode grenade in western France

PARIS (Reuters) - A man wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket similar to those worn by fuel protesters across the country has threatened to explode a grenade near a petrol station in the western French town of Angers, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Friday.

Castaner told a news conference the man had shown onlookers the grenade, said he was carrying other explosives and had demanded to see French President Emmanuel Macron.

Security officials were on site to evaluate the risk, Castaner said.

For more than a week, protesters clad in the fluorescent yellow jackets that all motorists in France must have in their cars have blocked highways across the country with burning barricades and convoys of slow-moving trucks, obstructing access to fuel depots, shopping centres and some factories.

It was not clear if the man was directly linked to the yellow jacket movement.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Alison Williams

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