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Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

It is the 13th weekend in a row of demonstrations in the French capital.

Riot police take position during scuffles with yellow vest protesters in Paris (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)
Riot police take position during scuffles with yellow vest protesters in Paris (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)

Scuffles have broken out between French yellow vest protesters and police in Paris.

On the 13th consecutive weekend of demonstrations in the city, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters near the Champs-Elysees on Saturday afternoon.

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It is the 13th weekend in a row of demonstrations in Paris, and elsewhere across France (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)

Police said about 10 demonstrators have been arrested so far, and some of the protesters had been hurling debris at officers hunkered down in front of the National Assembly.

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

They could not confirm French media reports that the demonstrator’s hand was blown up by a grenade used to disperse unruly crowds.

The yellow vest activists, who have brought hundreds of thousands on to 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.

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The yellow vest protesters walk down the famed Champs-Elysees avenue (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)

French 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.

Recent polls show his approval ratings rising.

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