Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

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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.

The Paris Gilet Jaunes demonstrator was left bleeding heavily as violent protests continue to grip the French capital.

One witness who filmed the incident, 21-year-old Cyprien Royer, said it had been caused by a flash-ball grenade fired by police to disperse the crowd.

French police said Saturday that a yellow vest protester has sustained a hand injury in Paris as the 13th consecutive weekend of demonstrations grew tense on Saturday.

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

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

Such vehicles have been a common sight in Paris since the deadly attacks by extremists in 2015.

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. France's interior Christophe Castaner tweeted his indignation over the auto being set on fire saying,"These attacks are intolerable".

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Paris police said the man had lost four fingers.

President Emmanuel Macron - the target of many demonstrators' anger - seems to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the movement with a national political debate.

The first yellow vest day of protest in November brought 282,000 people out on to the streets across France, according to government figures. Recent polls show Macron's approval ratings are rising.

"We have to win to have more social and fiscal justice in this country", said Mairesse, who was carrying a placard calling for the reimposition of a wealth tax on high earners repealed by Macron.

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