Bloody Scenes As Yellow Vest Anti-Government Protests Turn Violent In Paris

Clay Curtis
February 11, 2019

Despite a drop in numbers from the massive turnouts of the first demonstrations in November, thousands still turned out in cities across the country to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron's policies.

A man was being held for questioning over the blaze, Paris prosecutors said.

The protest in the French capital has passed the National Assembly and will end up near the Eiffel Tower.

Paris police said a demonstrator lost four fingers when riot officers stopped protesters from storming the National Assembly. "He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg and it went off when he touched it".

Police said 31 demonstrators had been arrested in the unrest.

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

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

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.

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.

In December, Mr Macron said he was "partly responsible" for an "insufficient response" to the protests that have rocked the country every Saturday.

Recent polls show his approval ratings rising.

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.

Politicians came together to condemn the arson attack on the home of Richard Ferrand, a close ally of Mr Macron, in Motreff, Brittany.

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