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Protester loses hand in 'gilets jaunes' demonstration

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Protester loses hand in 'gilets jaunes' demonstration
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Violence broke out for the 13th week in Paris as riot police took on yellow vest protesters.

In the midst of tear gas and baton charges, one protester lost a hand in horrific circumstances.

The cause of the injury has not been confirmed but eyewitness claim he picked up a tear gas grenade that exploded in his hand.

Police say he is being treated in hospital.

Brief clashes erupted on the Champs-Elysees between protesters and law enforcement with the latter reportedly using batons and pepper spray.

The protests - which were originally against the rise in diesel costs - have turned into a general discontent against French President Emmanuel Macron and high living costs.

Various events were also planned in other cities, including Montpellier, Lille, Nantes, Rennes, Brest, Caen and Lorient.