'Yellow Vest' Protests Turn Violent in Paris

Police said 31 demonstrators had been arrested Saturday as scuffles broke out between protesters and police.

Paris police confirmed that a demonstrator injured in the hand been treated by paramedics, but did not elaborate.

Shocking images and footage posted online show the Yellow Vest protestor bleeding profusely from where their hand used to be.

Others threw projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades to disperse crowds.

Saturday's protest in the French capital was one of the most violent and gruesome since the movement began back in November 2018.

In Rome, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the course of Italy's populist government.

One witness said the grenade that caused the injuries was sacked by riot cops to break up a crowd that had attempted to force their way into 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. The police source, however, said numbers were higher, with 21,000 demonstrators taking part in rallies outside Paris. France's interior Christophe Castaner tweeted his indignation over the auto being set on fire saying,"These attacks are intolerable".

"Every day the military ... protects our compatriots from the risk of terrorism".

The yellow vest activists, who have brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets over the past three months, are now trying to achieve electoral success but the movement is politically divided and has no appointed leader.

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.

There was also an overnight arson attack on the Brittany residence of the National Assembly head - though no immediate link was made to the actions against President Emmanuel Macron.