French yellow vest anti-govt protests turn violent in Paris

More violence in Paris as'yellow vests keep marchingMore

A burning command vehicle belonging to France's anti-terror "Vigipirate" squad, dubbed "Operation Sentinelle", is pictured during a demonstration as yellow vests protesters keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, in Paris, France, on February 9, 2019.

In a graphic video of the aftermath, French paramedics are seen gathered around the injured protester at the National Assembly gates, providing emergency medical treatment and preventing onlookers from getting too close.

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

Scuffles have broken out between French yellow vest protesters and police in Paris.

Royer said the victim was a yellow jacket photographer "taking photos of people trying to break down the barriers protecting the entrance to the National Assembly", at around midday.

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

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"We put him to one side and called the street medics".

The AP reports police said the injured protester lost four fingers.

Officers had arrested 39 people and 21 were being held in custody, they added last night.

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. This was the 11th time he had marched with the movement, he said.

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

In Rome, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the course of Italy's populist government. Recent polls show Macron's approval ratings are rising.

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