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Yellow Vest Anti-Government Protests In France Turn Violent

Yellow Vest Anti-Government Protests In France Turn Violent

A "yellow vest" demonstrator lost his hand on Saturday during clashes outside the main parliament building in Paris, witnesses said, during a 13th weekend of anti-government protests across France.

Today, there have been more clashes between riot police and protestors on the street, with tear gas and grenades deployed.

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.

Police said 31 demonstrators had been arrested in the unrest.

Several luxury sports auto owners are counting the cost of Saturday's chaotic Yellow Vest protests in Paris after their pricey vehicles were targeted and torched by angry demonstrators.

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

"We're not children, we're adults", said Hugues Salone, a computer engineer from Paris, among the chanting and placard-waving protesters.




"Every day the military ... protects our compatriots from the risk of terrorism. These attacks are intolerable".

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.

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.

Now, in their 13th consecutive week, the protests have become a sort of an uprising against the French President, Emmanuel Macron, who is seen as out of touch with common people. Recent polls show Macron's approval ratings rising.

"The governments of France and Italy have their differences", he said.

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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