Police prevent French yellow vests crossing into Italy

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Paris demonstrators, who ended the 13th consecutive weekend of protest at the Eiffel Tower, set the vehicle ablaze in front of the famed monument.

Riot police run past burning dustbins set on fire by yellow vest protesters as they keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, in Paris, France, on February 9, 2019.

Today, there have been more clashes between riot police and protestors on the street, with tear gas and grenades deployed.

A police source, however, said numbers were higher, with 21,000 demonstrators taking part in rallies outside Paris.

According to an eyewitness, the person who lost their hand was a photographer attempting to take pictures of people breaking down barriers around the National Assembly building.

Anarchists and supporters of extremist groups on the far-Right and far-Left often join the "yellow vest" protests, along with troublemakers known as "casseurs" intent on causing as much damage as possible.

In Paris, 36 demonstrators were arrested. "He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg and it went off when he touched it".

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One protester sustained a hand injury in the scuffles and was treated by emergency workers, police said.

"The governments of France and Italy have their differences", he said.

Thousands of protesters also turned out in the French cities of Marseille and Montpellier as well as Bordeaux and Toulouse and in several cities in France's north and west.

Interior ministry figures issued at 2pm put the turnout across France at 12,100, of whom 4,000 marched in Paris, down on the previous week's figures.

But last week's official estimates were disputed both by march organisers and an independent estimate carried out for news media.

The protests have brought hundreds of thousands of people out onto the streets all over France.

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