Demonstrator loses hand at Paris ‘yellow vest’ march

Elias Hubbard
February 10, 2019

"What's being called the great national debate has so far been very popular with hundreds of thousands of French people, but many yellow-vesters have denounced it as a marketing ploy", Beardsley said.

Macron's popularity has nosedived since the protests kicked off a year ago in response to a planned fuel tax.

The numbers were down again this weekend estimations of the participation vary from 50 to more than 100 thousand but the confrontations were intense.

Masked men threw projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.

Clashes broke out outside the National Assembly building in Paris after a march from the Champs-Elysees avenue arrived there.

A Sentinelle security operation auto is burning in front of the Eiffel Tower during a demonstration as the "Yellow Vests" protesters take to the streets for the 13th consecutive Saturday. Witnesses told the French AFP news agency that the man's hand had been torn apart when flash-ball grenade exploded.

One protester sustained a hand injury in the scuffles and was treated by emergency workers, police said. "He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg and it went off when he touched it. It wasn't pretty: he was screaming with pain, he had no fingers - he didn't have much above the wrist".

Police said 31 protesters were arrested on Saturday but the AP reports France's Interior Ministry said this week's protest was significantly smaller than last week's.

Protests also took place in other French cities, including Marseille, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Toulouse, the BBC noted.

Politicians from across the political spectrum condemned the arson attack on the home of Richard Ferrand, a close ally of Macron and president of parliament's lower house.

Mr Ferrand published pictures on Twitter of his scorched living room, writing: "Nothing justifies intimidations and violence towards an elected official of the Republic".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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