Violence broke out on the streets of Paris today as anti riot police confronted a mass of French yellow vest protesters on the 13th consecutive weekend of demonstrations.
Tear gas and baton charges were used around the Champs Elysee, after demonstrators threw stones at officers and vandals tried to smash shop windows.
Shocking footage shows protesters gathering around a man whose hand appears to have been ripped off which spurts blood as he cries in pain.
Other grisly scenes show demonstrators trying to topple boards, throwing planks of wood and cornering police as more tear gas is thrown.
Many businesses were shut as the Yellow Vests – who are named after their high visibility jackets – mobilised across the country.
Four armoured cars containing chemical weapons dispensers were being used to patrol the demonstration, together with water canons and other police vehicles.
In shocking footage, a detonation is heard before a group of protesters call out for medics and surround someone whose hand is seen very severely injured. It was reportedly torn off by a detonating sting grenade.
The protest in the French capital has passed the National Assembly and will end up near the Eiffel Tower.
It follows months of continual unrest, including riots that saw the Arc de Triomphe and other public monuments attacked, with shops looted and set on fire.
An officer at the scene said: ‘Extremists wearing black balaclavas have infiltrated the crowds and are intent on violence.’