Missing eyes and hands the grim scars of ‘yellow vests’ protests

David Delearde held his hand to his lips as he smiled, masking four teeth missing on the right side of his face.

“I’m embarrassed showing my mouth now,” said the French 31-year old stone mason who specialises in restoring historic monuments. To his great chagrin, he has had to turn down numerous calls to help repair Notre-Dame cathedral after last month’s devastating fire.

“I’m out of action for two years while they rebuild my face,” said Mr Delearde.

The mild-mannered motorbike enthusiast from a village less than an hour northwest of Paris is one of thousands of “yellow vest” supporters caught up in violent clashes with police over the past six months.

In ferocious scenes that shocked France…

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