A French “Yellow Vest” protester’s hand was ripped apart on February 9th during violent clashes in Paris while demonstrators were trying to break into the French National Assembly. The injured protester lost four fingers, as police swooped in to stop protesters from breaching the parliament's exterior, according to the French police.
However, the police could not confirm French media reports that the demonstrator's hand was blown up by a grenade used to disperse unruly crowds. The paramedics grouped around the injured protester at the National Assembly gates, providing emergency treatment and stopping bystanders from getting too close. The injured man was taken to a hospital, stated Fire Department spokesperson, Gildas Lecoeur, to AP but he could not confirm his current condition.
The Police used batons and fired tear gas in Paris to disperse the demonstrators, some of whom threw debris at riot police. A car, motorbikes and multiple trash bins were set ablaze as the protest moved toward the city's Invalides monument but France's Interior Ministry said this week's protest was significantly smaller than last week's.
Police said 17 demonstrators were arrested, as scuffles broke out between protesters and police near the Avenue Champs-Elysees and the National Assembly. The protest march was due to end near the Eiffel Tower.