Sixteen people suffered minor injuries in other accidents across the country, and a person run over by a vehicle in northern France was in a critical state, according to the interior ministry, which estimated some 50,000 demonstrators were participating in Saturday's protests.
French Interior Ministry officials estimated that about 244,000 protesters were involved in several thousand protests around the country, many of them spontaneous.
A total of 124,000 people took part in 2,000 rallies across France, according to the Interior Ministry. She was later taken into custody, said to be in a state of shock.
An investigation is under way into the death of a protester who was hit by a driver who apparently accelerated in panic while caught in a demonstration in the eastern Savoie region, according to a regional official.
Tempers flared at times as some drivers confronted the protesters or tried to force their way through the barricades. Taxes on diesel fuel have risen 7 euro cents (nearly 8 USA cents) and are to keep climbing in the coming years, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne has said.
In Paris, a group of some 50 protesters were yelling "Macron resign!" on the Champs Elysee, though police were stopping them from heading toward the nearby Elysee Palace, the president's residence.
Analysts say the movement now represents more widespread frustration over stagnant spending power under Macron, a former investment banker who promised economic revival and to restore people's trust in government.
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Many turned their anger on President Emmanuel Macron, who they accuse of being out-of-touch.
An Elabe poll last week found that 73 percent of respondents backed the movement.
The government last week announced a series of measures to try and quell the anger over fuel prices, including energy subsidies and higher bonuses towards cleaner vehicles.
Tax hikes on fuel and tobacco as well as an increase to a social welfare levy before other tax cuts came into force have left some voters feeling squeezed.
People block the traffic of Paris' landmark Avenue des Champs Elysees and place Charles de Gaulle-Etoile on November 17, 2018 in Paris.
Ecology minister Francois de Rugy confirmed the government's commitment to the policy Sunday, telling Le Parisien that France needed to get itself out of the "trap" of fossil fuel reliance.
"The goal isn't to create havoc but to get our rights back".
But the "yellow vest" movement has snowballed swiftly over the past month, catching Mr Macron and even opposition parties off guard.