French Minister 'Disgusted' by Yellow Vest Attacks

Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

Thousands of French "yellow vest" demonstrators marched on Saturday for their 13th weekend of action, with scuffles in Paris and a demonstrator's hand mangled by a small explosive.

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.

There were more violent clashes in France on Saturday as the Yellow Vest protest movement entered its thirteenth week.

One young man who was trying to take pictures of the demonstration was injured on his left hand after riot officers fired tear gas into the crowd.

He said he was hit in the calf by a type of stun grenade as the cops attempted to disperse people. "He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg and it went off when he touched it".

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner went to Twitter to express his "disgust" as protesters set alight an anti-terror military auto.

One protester, a photographer for the Yellow Vest demonstrations, had his right hand blown off by a police grenade.

In Paris, 36 demonstrators were arrested.

"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.

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 total of 51,400 people took part in Saturday's protests, according to figures from the French Interior Ministry.

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.

"A Right-wing group of Yellow Vests attacked a Left-wing one, and the result was carnage", one protester who witnessed the confrontation told reporters, according to the Daily Mail Sunday.

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