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Yellow vest leader ‘left blinded by riot police’

Caught on camera: Mr Rodrigues is led away after being hurt while filming a protest in Paris on Saturday PICTURE : AFP

A YELLOW vest protester injured in the eye by a police ‘flash-ball’ will be disabled for life, his lawyer has said.

Jérôme Rodrigues was filming a demonstration in the Place de la Bastille in Paris on Saturday when it is believed he was hit in the right eye by one of the rubber projectiles. Police said a non-lethal grenade exploded in front of Mr Rodrigues, which his lawyer Philippe De Veulle ‘categorically’ denied.

Speaking from hospital yesterday, Mr Rodrigues vowed legal action and said: ‘Everything happened very quickly. They threw a grenade at me and I took a [rubber] bullet. I was attacked twice — a grenade to the foot and the bullet.’

Mr De Veulle added: ‘He will be disabled for life. It’s a tragedy for him and his family.’

This weekend was the 11th the yellow vests — named after their high-visibility jackets — have taken to the streets. The protests, which started over now abandoned rises in fuel tax, have grown into action against president Emmanuel Macron (below).

Interior minister Christophe Castaner said there were more than 60 arrests in Paris, and violence in other cities such as Bordeaux and Marseille by ‘thugs camouflaged in yellow vests’.

It came as 10,000 people wearing red scarves marched through Paris to protest against acts of violence and vandalism during the yellow vest demonstrations.

Ten people have died and about 2,000 have been injured since the action started last November.