French yellow vest anti-govt protests turn violent in Paris

Scuffles Tear Gas as Anti Macron Yellow Vest Protests Enter 13th Week		ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI  AFP  Getty Images9 Feb 2019

Scuffles Tear Gas as Anti Macron Yellow Vest Protests Enter 13th Week ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI AFP Getty Images9 Feb 2019

A French yellow vest protester's hand was ripped apart Saturday during violent clashes in Paris as demonstrators tried to storm the French National Assembly in a 13th consecutive week of unrest.

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.

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

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.

According to an eyewitness, the person who lost their hand was a photographer attempting to take pictures of people breaking down barriers around the National Assembly building.

He said he was hit in the calf by a type of stun grenade as the cops attempted to disperse people.

More than 5,000 of Saturday's protesters were in Paris, where there were 38 arrests following widespread rioting that saw several critical governmental and private infrastructure targeted.

In December, Mr Macron said he was "partly responsible" for an "insufficient response" to the protests that have rocked the country every Saturday. This was the 11th time he had marched with the movement, he said.

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

"This is the second severe injury in as many weeks and will likely inflame tensions between the government and the yellow vest movement", Beardsley reported.

But last week's official estimates were disputed both by march organisers and contradicted by an independent estimate carried out for news media, which gave a higher estimate.

Recent polls show his approval ratings rising.

"A Right-wing group of Yellow Vests attacked a Left-wing one, and the result was carnage", one protester who witnessed the confrontation told reporters, according to the Daily Mail Sunday.

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