Yellow Vest protests show signs of splintering ahead of ‘Act 13’

Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

The protester attempted to pick up a rubber pellet grenade and it exploded in his hand, French media report.

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. One protester, a photographer for the Yellow Vest demonstrations, had his right hand blown off by a police grenade.

A "yellow vest" demonstrator lost his hand on Saturday during clashes outside the main parliament building in Paris, witnesses said, during a 13th weekend of anti-government protests across France.

Police fired tear gas in Paris to disperse demonstrators, some of whom threw debris at riot police hunkered down in front of the National Assembly.

Police said that about 10 demonstrators have been arrested so far as scuffles broke out between protesters and police near the Champs-Elysees avenue and the National Assembly. Cars, motorbikes, and trash bins were set ablaze as the protest moved toward the city's Invalides monument and onto the Eiffel Tower.

Such vehicles have been a common sight in Paris since deadly extremist attacks in 2015.

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"Every day the military. protects our compatriots from the risk of terrorism. These attacks are intolerable".

The Interior Ministry estimated the total number of protesters around France at 12,000, including 4,000 in Paris.

The Yellow Vest movement is becoming increasingly divided and fractured, with supporters disagreeing on both the means to and the political end game.

Yellow vest protesters walk down the famed Champs Elysees avenue to keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, in Paris, France, on February 9, 2019.

Despite a drop in numbers from the massive turnouts of the first demonstrations in November, thousands still turned out in cities across the country to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron's policies.

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