French 'Yellow Vest' Marches Continue for 13th Weekend

Gliet Jaunes protest

Volunteer medics at the National Assembly told AFP that a man had had his hand ripped off during the clashes between police and protesters.

The police source, however, said numbers were higher, with 21,000 demonstrators taking part in rallies outside Paris.

"He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg - and it went off when he touched it", he added. By 2pm officers had arrested 10 people, they 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.

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

Many Gilet Jaunes - named after the yellow vests they have symbolically worn - now say they are intent on bringing down Macron's Government.

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

A vehicle, 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. It wasn't pretty: "he was screaming with pain, he had no fingers - he didn't have much above the wrist", he said.

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

Yellow vest protesters run away from tear gas fired by riot police as they keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, during a demonstration in Paris, France, on February 9, 2019. Recent polls show Macron's approval ratings rising. It was carried out on January 30 and 31.

Politicians from across the political spectrum condemned the arson attack on the home of Richard Ferrand, a close ally of Macron and president of parliament's lower house.

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