A "yellow vest" demonstrator lost his hand during clashes with police outside the main parliament building in Paris yesterday, witnesses told AFP, during a 13th weekend of anti-government protests across France.
Police 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.
Police say the demonstrator, whose condition isn't now known, is being treated by emergency workers. Police could not confirm French media reports that the demonstrator's hand was blown up by a grenade used to disperse unruly crowds.
Riot policemen react to tear gas during a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris, France February 9, 2019.
A yellow vest protester was severely injured on Saturday in the streets of Paris, as police shot teargas at protesters who were trying to knock down a barrier at the French parliament.
"We're not children, we're adults", said Hugues Salone, a computer engineer from Paris, among the chanting and placard-waving protesters. Its yellow smoking plumes, against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, made for a powerful image of rejecting authority.
In Rome, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the course of Italy's populist government.
Castaner said: "Every day the military. protects our compatriots from the risk of terrorism". France's interior Christophe Castaner tweeted his indignation over the vehicle being set on fire saying,"These attacks are intolerable".
A total of 51,400 people took part in Saturday's protests, according to figures from the French Interior Ministry.
The French President was eventually forced to abandon the charge in a bid to quell the violence but ended up only firing up protestors keen on getting more concessions from the Government.
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.