Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Yellow Vest Anti-Government Protests In France Turn Violent

Yellow Vest Anti-Government Protests In France Turn Violent

A burning command auto 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.

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

Earlier on 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.

Large numbers of riot police patrolled the streets of the city, fired tear gas at protesters, and arrested at least one protester.

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. But the Interior Ministry said the protests are much smaller than last week's.

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

In the south of France police blocked yellow vest leader Maxime Nicolle from crossing into Italy to join forces with Italian demonstrators.

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

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.

Emergency services attend to a Yellow vest protester who has a serious hand injury in Paris, France, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

Many Gilet Jaunes - named after the yellow vests they have symbolically worn - now say they are intent on bringing down Macron's Government.

Thousands more protesters turned out in the French Mediterranean ports of Marseille and Montpellier and also in Bordeaux and Toulouse in the southwest - strongholds of the movements - and in several cities in the north and west of France. Recent polls show Macron's approval ratings rising.

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