Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

  • Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

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.

The French President was eventually forced to abandon the charge in a bid to quell the violence but ended up only firing up protestors keen on getting more concessions from the Government. Police responded with tear gas and anti-riot munitions.

A yellow vest protester was severely injured on Saturday in the streets of Paris, as police shot teargas at protesters who were trying to knock down a barrier at the French parliament. "He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg and it went off when he touched it".

"We're not children, we're adults", said Hugues Salone, a computer engineer from Paris, among the chanting and placard-waving protesters. By 2pm officers had arrested 10 people, they added. This was the 11th time he had marched with the movement, he said.

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

Thousands of protesters also turned out in the French cities of Marseille and Montpellier as well as Bordeaux and Toulouse and in several cities in France's north and west.

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

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.

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.

But a YouGov poll of 1,037 people issued on Thursday suggested that almost two out of three people in France (64 per cent) still support the movement.