In Paris there will be new protests

In Paris there will be new protests

Di Maio, of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, said Sunday it was "legitimate" for him to meet a group of French protesters who were about to stand in May's European Parliament elections.

In Paris, where 5,000 gathered, two police vehicles were set alight near the Eiffel Tower and a demonstrator lost four fingers trying to enter the National Assembly, France's parliament.

They first started demonstrating against a now scrapped fuel tax rise but have grown into a wider protest against Mr Macron, whose approval rating has struggled to get above 30 per cent after he was dubbed the "president of the rich".

According to French media reports, the incident took place on Saturday when the protester attempted to pick up a rubber pellet grenade and it exploded in his hand, reports the BBC.

Police used batons and fired tear gas in Paris to disperse demonstrators, some of whom threw debris at riot police. "He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg - and it went off when he touched it", he added.

Police say the demonstrator, whose condition isn't now known, is being treated by emergency workers.

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"It goes back to the fact that there are some profits but they're always to the same people".

"We mustn't give up", said pensioner Serge Mairesse, from Aubervilliers, just outside Paris.

Tens of thousands of protesters turned out in other parts of France, including the port cities of Marseille and Montpellier and also in Bordeaux and Toulouse in the southwest.

Interior ministry figures put the turnout across France at 51,400, of whom 4,000 marched in Paris, slightly down on the previous week's figures.

The yellow vest protests began in mid-November, spurred by anger over high gas prices in rural areas where people depend on their cars because of no access to public transportation.

But a YouGov poll of 1,037 people issued on Thursday suggested that almost two out of three people in France (64 per cent) still support the movement.

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