Demonstrator loses hand at Paris 'yellow vest' march

Demonstrator loses hand at Paris 'yellow vest' march

One participant's hand was severely injured when he tried to pick up a so-called sting-ball grenade used by police to disperse crowds with teargas, a police source told Reuters.

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.

Earlier Saturday, activists in Latvia staged a picket in front of the French embassy in Riga, the capital of the small Baltic EU country, to support the yellow vest movement and urge Latvians to demand higher living standards.

Police said the injured protester lost four fingers as police swooped in to stop protesters from breaching the parliament's exterior.

Protesters set several garbage cans and an anti-terrorism vehicle near the Eiffel tower on fire, an action Christophe Castaner, the French interior minister, called in a tweet indignant and disgusting.

Di Maio, of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, said Sunday it was "legitimate" for him to meet a group of French protesters who were about to stand in May's European Parliament elections.

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"But between the French people and the Italian people there is no problem".

"We mustn't give up", said pensioner Serge Mairesse, from Aubervilliers, just outside Paris. That was down from the previous week, when official figures put the number at 58,600, 10,500 in Paris.

Thousands of protesters turned out in other parts of France, including the port cities of Marseille and Montpellier and also in Bordeaux and Toulouse in the southwest.

Relations between France and Italy sank to a new low last week when Paris recalled its ambassador, citing meddling in domestic affairs after Di Maio met with senior figures of the Yellow Vests movement in France.

French prosecutors are meanwhile investigating a series of attacks on homes belonging to politicians in Macron's Republic on the Move party, ranging from vandalism to arson.

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