French "Yellow Vests" Clash With Police in Nantes

Lester Mason
February 11, 2019

Several luxury sports auto owners are counting the cost of Saturday's chaotic Yellow Vest protests in Paris after their pricey vehicles were targeted and torched by angry demonstrators.

There was also an arson attack on the home of the head of France's National Assembly, though it was not clear if the attack was linked to the protests.

A police source, however, said numbers were higher, with 21,000 demonstrators taking part in rallies outside Paris.

A French yellow vest protester's hand was ripped apart Saturday during violent clashes in Paris as demonstrators tried to storm the French National Assembly in a 13th consecutive week of unrest.

Some of the paramedics served as a barrier to stop media and demonstrators from getting too close.

The Interior Ministry estimated the total number of protesters around France at 12,000, including 4,000 in Paris.

Anarchists and supporters of extremist groups on the far-Right and far-Left often join the "yellow vest" protests, along with troublemakers known as "casseurs" intent on causing as much damage as possible.

Castaner said: "Every day the military. protects our compatriots from the risk of terrorism".

In Paris, 36 demonstrators were arrested.

The yellow vest activists, who have brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets over the past three months, are now trying to achieve electoral success but the movement is politically divided and has no appointed leader.

In Rome, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the course of Italy's populist government.

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

The activists waved Latvia's red-and-white flag, shouting slogans like "the French have woken up, while Latvians remain asleep".

More than 50,000 people associated with the anti-Macron movement marched across France, according to police reports.

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