French ‘Yellow Vest’ protester has his hand ‘blown off by a grenade’ during riots as clean-up gets underway in Paris and Macron prepares to unveil new tax cuts in grovelling speech to quell unrest

Sunday, December 9, 2018
By Paul Martin

Cities in France including Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux exploded into violence during protests on Saturday
Protesters smashed store windows and set fires around Paris and clashed with police, who fired tear gas
Authorities said ‘exceptional’ security measures meant police to put nearly 1,000 people in custody in Paris
President Emmanuel Macron is to deliver an apologetic television address and announce tax cuts on Sunday

By PETER ALLEN
DAILYMAIL.COM
9 December 2018

A French ‘Yellow Vest’ protester lost a hand after reportedly trying to pick up a grenade during violent clashes in Bordeaux last night.

The device detonated when the man tried to pick it up in order to throw it back, the city’s deputy public prosecutor Olivier Etienne confirmed, Sud Ouest reports.

But no further details have been released about the man’s identity or his current condition.

The man can be seen running towards the camera holding up the bleeding stump at the end of his right arm in a graphic video, which has since been removed from Facebook.

Another video was later posted by France3 Aquitaine that showed the man on a stretcher being loaded into an ambulance by paramedics.

It comes as President Emmanuel Macron is to deliver an apologetic address on television and announce further tax cuts following a day of violent protests across the country on Saturday.

Cities including Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux exploded into violence on Saturday, during the fourth weekend of demonstrations in a row by Yellow Vest protesters.

Burned-out cars dotted the streets in several neighbourhoods in Paris on Sunday morning as cleaners swept up the broken glass from smashed shop windows and bus stops.

Throughout Saturday, Macron skulked behind the majestic walls of his presidential palace in Paris while outside, his city – and his country – once again erupted in fury.

Protesters smashed store windows and set fires around Paris and clashed with police, who fired tear gas throughout the day in the French capital.

The country is bracing for yet more protests after Saturday’s ‘yellow vest’ demonstrations and rioting saw 1,000 people arrested and at least 71 injured in the capital.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said 17 police officers were among the injured and that ‘exceptional’ security measures allowed police to put nearly 1,000 people in custody in Paris last night.

Across the entire country, some 1,220 people were taken into custody, the Interior Ministry said Sunday – a roundup the scale of which the country hasn’t seen in years.

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