French yellow vest anti-govt protests turn violent in Paris

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A "yellow vest" demonstrator lost his hand during clashes with police outside the main parliament building in Paris yesterday, witnesses told AFP, during a 13th weekend of anti-government protests across France.

The French President was eventually forced to abandon the charge in a bid to quell the violence but ended up only firing up protestors keen on getting more concessions from the Government.

Several cars were set afire in Paris amid Yellow Vests demonstrations, according to local media.

One young man who was trying to take pictures of the demonstration was injured on his left hand after riot officers fired tear gas into the crowd.

PARIS-A French yellow vest protester's hand was ripped apart on February 9, during violent clashes in Paris as demonstrators tried to storm the French National Assembly in a 13th consecutive week of unrest. But the Interior Ministry said the protests are much smaller than last week's.

"He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg - and it went off when he touched it", he added.

In Paris, the protesters marched from the Champs-Elysees to the city's parliament buildings, where a violent contingent broke down barriers and threw projectiles at police.

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"We put him to one side and called the street medics".

Paris police confirmed that a demonstrator was injured in the hand and been treated by paramedics, but did not identify the victim.

More than 50,000 people associated with the anti-Macron movement marched across France, according to police reports.

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

But a YouGov poll of 1,037 people issued on Thursday suggested that almost two out of three people in France (64 per cent) still support the movement.

The yellow vest protests began in mid-November, spurred by anger over high gas prices in rural areas where people depend on their cars because of no access to public transportation.

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