Paris Gilet Jaunes yellow vest protester ‘has hand ripped off in violent street clashes with cops’

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A YELLOW vest protester had his hand “blown off” in clashes with police in France.

The Paris Gilet Jaunes demonstrator was left bleeding heavily as violent protests continue to grip the French capital.

A woman holds the man’s hand
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The man is supported by fellow yellow vest protesters

The Associated Press said that paramedics were seen huddled around the injured protester near the gates of the National Assembly as they provided emergency treatment.

Some of the paramedics served as a barrier to stop media and demonstrators from getting too close.

Police confirmed that a protester had a hand injury, but provided no further details other than to say treatment was being provided.

The serious hand injury was sustained during violent clashes with cops on the streets of Paris today in the 13th consecutive week of demonstrations.

Fire department spokesman Gildas Lecoeur told AP that the injured man had a bloodied hand and was taken to a hospital.

He couldn’t confirm the man’s current condition.

Cops said that about 10 demonstrators have been arrested so far as scuffles broke out between protesters and police near the Champs-Elysees avenue and the National Assembly.

Batons and fired tear gas were used to disperse demonstrators, some of whom threw debris at riot police hunkered down in front of the National Assembly.

The protest in the French capital has passed the National Assembly and is due to end up near the Eiffel Tower this afternoon.

The 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, says AP.

President Emmanuel Macron – the target of many demonstrators’ anger – seems to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the movement with a national political debate.

Recent polls show Macron’s approval ratings rising.

An injured protester is given help during a demonstration by the “yellow vests” movement in Paris
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A police officer points a 40-mm rubber defensive bullet launcher
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A protester wearing a yellow vest stands next to men destroying boards as police forces are seen on the other side, outside the National Assembly
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