French yellow vest protester sustains hand injury in Paris

Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron - the target of many demonstrators' anger - seems to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the movement with a national political debate. Police responded with tear gas and anti-riot munitions.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner went to Twitter to express his "disgust" as protesters set alight an anti-terror military vehicle.

A man was being held for questioning over the blaze, Paris prosecutors said.

The Associated Press said that paramedics were seen huddled around the injured protester, 30, near the gates of the National Assembly as they provided emergency treatment. "He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg and it went off when he touched it".

Police said the injured protester lost four fingers as police swooped in to stop protesters from breaching the parliament's exterior.

"We mustn't give up", said pensioner Serge Mairesse, from Aubervilliers, just outside Paris. This was the 11th time he had marched with the movement, he told AFP.

"It's all very good, the great debate, but we want something concrete: fewer taxes, more purchasing power".

Several unions called for the protest on Saturday in order to draw attention to inequality, unemployment and racism under the government, which came to power a year ago.

According to figures published by France's interior ministry, there were 12,100 protesters in total, 4,000 of them in Paris. down on the previous week's figures.

Leaders of the "yellow vest" movement have denounced the police for injuring protesters, but have also struggled to contain violence from their own lines.

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

But last week's official estimates were disputed both by march organisers and an independent estimate carried out for news media.

A burning command vehicle belonging to France's anti-terror "Vigipirate" squad, dubbed "Operation Sentinelle", is pictured during a demonstration as yellow vests protesters keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, in Paris, France, on February 9, 2019. It was carried out on January 30 and 31.

Politicians came together to condemn the arson attack on the home of Richard Ferrand, a close ally of Mr Macron, in Motreff, Brittany.

No one has been hurt and no individual or group has so far been implicated in the incidents.

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