French 'Yellow Vest' Marches Continue for 13th Weekend

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Yellow vest protesters walk down the famed Champs Elysees avenue to keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, in Paris, France, on February 9, 2019.

One witness said the grenade that caused the injuries was sacked by riot cops to break up a crowd that had attempted to force their way into the National Assembly.

Today, there have been more clashes between riot police and protestors on the street, with tear gas and grenades deployed.

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.

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", he added.

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


Macron's popularity has nosedived since the protests kicked off previous year in response to a planned fuel tax.

Paris police confirmed that a demonstrator injured in the hand been treated by paramedics, but did not elaborate.

In the south of France police blocked yellow vest leader Maxime Nicolle from crossing into Italy to join forces with Italian demonstrators. This was the 11th time he had marched with the movement, he told AFP.

He said more than 60 MPs have received threats or had homes or offices vandalised since the start of the revolt in November, an unprecedented number in post-war France.

Protests also took place in other French cities, including Marseille, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Toulouse, the BBC noted.

But last week's official estimates were disputed both by march organisers and an independent estimate carried out for news media.

The yellow vest protests began in mid-November, spurred by anger over high gas prices in rural areas where people depend on their cars because of no access to public transportation. Recent polls show Macron's approval ratings are rising.

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