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French 'yellow vest' protester loses fingers in violent unrest

BBC     10th February, 2019 09:38:46 printer

French 'yellow vest' protester loses fingers in violent unrest

 

 

A "yellow vest" protester in France had his fingers ripped off during clashes at the parliament building in Paris, as the protests went into their 13th week.

 

The protester attempted to pick up a rubber pellet grenade and it exploded in his hand, French media reported.

 

According to an eyewitness, the person who lost their hand was a photographer attempting to take pictures of people breaking down barriers around the National Assembly building.

 

There was also an arson attack on the home of the head of France's National Assembly, though it was not clear if the attack was linked to the protests.

 

The "yellow vest" protests began in mid-November over fuel taxes.

 

They have since broadened into a revolt against the President, Emmanuel Macron, and a political class seen as out of touch with common people.

 

According to French government figures, 51,400 people joined the protests on Saturday, 4,000 of them in Paris. That was down from the previous week, when official figures put the number at 58,600, 10,500 in Paris.


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