Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

French yellow vest anti-govt protests turn violent in Paris

French yellow vest anti-govt protests turn violent in Paris

Yellow vest protesters keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, during demonstrations for the 13th straight weekend.

In Paris, several thousand marched on Saturday beside symbols of power such as the National Assembly and Senate. Police responded with tear gas and anti-riot munitions.

As the march continued on its way towards Boulevard Saint Michel, vandals targeted bus shelters, cars and shop windows along the route.

Police said 21 demonstrators had been arrested as scuffles broke out between protesters and police near the Champs-Elysees Avenue and the National Assembly.

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

He said he was hit in the calf by a type of stun grenade as the cops attempted to disperse people. Police could not confirm French media reports that the hand of the demonstrator, who is now being treated in the hospital, was blown up by a grenade used to disperse unruly crowds. "He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg and it went off when he touched it".


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

"We mustn't give up", said pensioner Serge Mairesse, from Aubervilliers, just outside Paris.

"We have to win to have more social and fiscal justice in this country", said Mairesse, who was carrying a placard calling for the reimposition of a wealth tax on high earners repealed by Macron.

A auto, motorbikes and multiple trash bins were set ablaze as the protest moved toward the city's Invalides monument but 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.

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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