Protests hurting French economy, minister warns

PARIS (AP) — France’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, has warned that the violent protests and road blockades will have a negative impact on the economy.

More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 arrested over the weekend during France’s worst urban riot in years, with dozens of cars torched.

The movement, which has been partly stoked by a fuel tax hike, is hurting sales, according to Le Maire, who said at the ministry that “the impact on the French economy was serious” and that some sectors have reported sales declines of between 15 to 25 percent.