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Police allowed to use rubber bullets in yellow vest protests

In the firing line: A yellow vest protester in Paris dons an eye patch PICTURE: REX

POLICE in France have been given permission to carry on using rubber bullets on ‘yellow vest’ protesters after the 12th consecutive weekend of clashes.

Around 80,000 officers were deployed on Saturday, a day after the country’s Council of State ruled security forces have a right to use the high-velocity rubber bullets to control the crowds.

Anti-government protesters — some wearing eye patches — have turned their anger towards police tactics after the demonstrations resulted in 2,000 people being injured.

Of those, ten have died in traffic accidents and at least four have suffered serious eye injuries.

Franck Dideron, 20, was speaking with his mother on the phone when he was injured by a rubber bullet in Paris.

‘The policeman shot me voluntarily and I was just turning around,’ he said. ‘How was that violent behaviour? How was I dangerous for him? I would like to see this policeman come and stand in front of me, look me in the eye and tell me why he shot me.’

Yellow vest spokesman Benjamin Cauchy said the rubber bullets were ‘extremely harmful, imprecise and in the end causing more sorrow than security’.

Defending the police, interior minister Christophe Castaner tweeted: ‘If the law was respected, there would be none injured.’