Fishermen clash with police in French fuel protests

Fishermen have tossed smoking flares at police firing tear gas in Paris during protests against soaring fuel prices and demands for state aid.

Two officers have been hit by the flares in the brief clashes near the Agriculture Ministry.

About 100 fishermen have been protesting nearby, while scores of riot police look on.

The agriculture minister was holding much-awaited talks today with fishing industry unions about the rising fuel costs.

Fishermen have blocked ports along France’s coasts for more than a week.

They are demanding more state aid to cope with diesel costs, which have nearly doubled since November.

The fishermen say that is threatening their livelihoods.

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