Riots in Paris have turned violent as armed police failed to quell thousands of ‘yellow vest’ protesters demonstrating over living costs and proposed tax rises in France, despite more than 700 arrests by midday today. 

French police fired tear gas and water cannons trying to stop thousands of yellow-vested protesters from converging on the presidential palace to express their anger at high taxes and Emmanuel Macron.

Dramatic photographs offer a snapshot into the volatile atmosphere surrounding the streets of France, as protesters continue to demand more concessions from the government after Macron’s U-turn on the fuel tax.

Cars were flipped and set ablaze, smoke bombs were launched and tri-colour flags waved in defiance as heavily amoured police fought back in a bid to keep control of the city streets.

The rioting has spread across Europe to Brussels and Amsterdam as Belgium and Dutch police brace themselves to tackle more violent demonstrations. 

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Paris is on lockdown as armed police battle to contain 'yellow vest' demonstrators with more than 700 arrests so far today in the fourth straight weekend of demonstrations over living costs and proposed tax rises in France. Angry protesters have been pictured throwing flares and smoke bombs at police who have returned in kind with tear gas and water cannons

Paris is on lockdown as armed police battle to contain 'yellow vest' demonstrators with more than 700 arrests so far today in the fourth straight weekend of demonstrations over living costs and proposed tax rises in France. Angry protesters have been pictured throwing flares and smoke bombs at police who have returned in kind with tear gas and water cannons

Paris is on lockdown as armed police battle to contain ‘yellow vest’ demonstrators with more than 700 arrests so far today in the fourth straight weekend of demonstrations over living costs and proposed tax rises in France. Angry protesters have been pictured throwing flares and smoke bombs at police who have returned in kind with tear gas and water cannons

French riot police fired tear gas and water cannons trying to stop thousands of yellow-vested protesters from converging on the presidential palace to express their anger at high taxes and French President Emmanuel Macron

French riot police fired tear gas and water cannons trying to stop thousands of yellow-vested protesters from converging on the presidential palace to express their anger at high taxes and French President Emmanuel Macron

French riot police fired tear gas and water cannons trying to stop thousands of yellow-vested protesters from converging on the presidential palace to express their anger at high taxes and French President Emmanuel Macron

A protester waves a French flag during clash with riot police amid tear gas near the Champs Elysees in Paris on December 8

A protester waves a French flag during clash with riot police amid tear gas near the Champs Elysees in Paris on December 8

A protester waves a French flag during clash with riot police amid tear gas near the Champs Elysees in Paris on December 8

Dramatic photographs offer a snapshot into the volatile atmosphere surrounding the streets of France, as 'yellow vests' continue to demand more concessions from the government after Macron's U-turn on the fuel tax

Dramatic photographs offer a snapshot into the volatile atmosphere surrounding the streets of France, as 'yellow vests' continue to demand more concessions from the government after Macron's U-turn on the fuel tax

Dramatic photographs offer a snapshot into the volatile atmosphere surrounding the streets of France, as ‘yellow vests’ continue to demand more concessions from the government after Macron’s U-turn on the fuel tax

A woman is sprayed with teargas by the riot police officer during the "yellow vests" protest against higher fuel prices, in Brussels

A woman is sprayed with teargas by the riot police officer during the "yellow vests" protest against higher fuel prices, in Brussels

A woman is sprayed with teargas by the riot police officer during the ‘yellow vests’ protest against higher fuel prices, in Brussels

Firemen work to extinguish vehicules on fire during a "yellow vests" demonstration against rising costs of living near the Champ Elysees

Firemen work to extinguish vehicules on fire during a "yellow vests" demonstration against rising costs of living near the Champ Elysees

Firemen work to extinguish vehicules on fire during a ‘yellow vests’ demonstration against rising costs of living near the Champ Elysees

While elsewhere rioting has spread across Europe to Brussels and Amsterdam as Belgium and Dutch police brace themselves to more violent demonstrations

While elsewhere rioting has spread across Europe to Brussels and Amsterdam as Belgium and Dutch police brace themselves to more violent demonstrations

While elsewhere rioting has spread across Europe to Brussels and Amsterdam as Belgium and Dutch police brace themselves to more violent demonstrations

While elsewhere rioting has spread across Europe to Brussels and Amsterdam as Belgium and Dutch police brace themselves to more violent demonstrations

While elsewhere rioting has spread across Europe to Brussels and Amsterdam as Belgium and Dutch police brace themselves to more violent demonstrations

While elsewhere rioting has spread across Europe to Brussels and Amsterdam as Belgium and Dutch police brace themselves to more violent demonstrations

Security officials imposed a lockdown on parts of central Paris, determined to prevent a repeat of the rioting a week ago that damaged a major monument, injured 130 people and tarnished the country's global image 

Security officials imposed a lockdown on parts of central Paris, determined to prevent a repeat of the rioting a week ago that damaged a major monument, injured 130 people and tarnished the country's global image 

Security officials imposed a lockdown on parts of central Paris, determined to prevent a repeat of the rioting a week ago that damaged a major monument, injured 130 people and tarnished the country’s global image 

Security officials imposed a lockdown on parts of central Paris, determined to prevent a repeat of the rioting a week ago that damaged a major monument, injured 130 people and tarnished the country’s global image.

Blue armored vehicles rumbled across cobblestone streets from the Arc de Triomphe across toward eastern Paris as scattered demonstrations spread around the city. 

Police were mounted on horses and surrounded protesters with trained dogs. A ring of steel surrounded the Elysee Palace itself, as police stationed trucks and reinforced steel barriers in streets throughout the entire neighborhood.

Police were mounted on horses and surrounded protesters with trained dogs. A ring of steel surrounded the Elysee Palace itself, as police stationed trucks and reinforced steel barriers in streets throughout the entire neighborhood

Police were mounted on horses and surrounded protesters with trained dogs. A ring of steel surrounded the Elysee Palace itself, as police stationed trucks and reinforced steel barriers in streets throughout the entire neighborhood

Police were mounted on horses and surrounded protesters with trained dogs. A ring of steel surrounded the Elysee Palace itself, as police stationed trucks and reinforced steel barriers in streets throughout the entire neighborhood

Blue armored vehicles rumbled across cobblestone streets from the Arc de Triomphe across toward eastern Paris as scattered demonstrations spread around the city

Blue armored vehicles rumbled across cobblestone streets from the Arc de Triomphe across toward eastern Paris as scattered demonstrations spread around the city

Blue armored vehicles rumbled across cobblestone streets from the Arc de Triomphe across toward eastern Paris as scattered demonstrations spread around the city

Multiple protesters were hurt in Saturday's clashes with police. Paris police said 30 people were injured, including three police officers. A video journalist was wounded in the leg as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on the Champs-Elysees

Multiple protesters were hurt in Saturday's clashes with police. Paris police said 30 people were injured, including three police officers. A video journalist was wounded in the leg as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on the Champs-Elysees

Multiple protesters were hurt in Saturday’s clashes with police. Paris police said 30 people were injured, including three police officers. A video journalist was wounded in the leg as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on the Champs-Elysees

Some stores along the Champs-Elysee had boarded up their windows with plywood, making the neighborhood appear like it was bracing for a hurricane

Some stores along the Champs-Elysee had boarded up their windows with plywood, making the neighborhood appear like it was bracing for a hurricane

Some stores along the Champs-Elysee had boarded up their windows with plywood, making the neighborhood appear like it was bracing for a hurricane

Multiple protesters were hurt in Saturday’s clashes with police. Paris police said 30 people were injured, including three police officers. 

A video journalist was wounded in the leg as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on the Champs-Elysees.

Some stores along the Champs-Elysee had boarded up their windows with plywood, making the neighborhood appear like it was bracing for a hurricane. Angry protesters on Saturday tried to rip the boards off.

Protesters threw flares and other projectiles and set fires but were repeatedly pushed back by tear gas and water cannon. By mid-afternoon, more than 700 people had been stopped and questioned, and more than 400 were being held in custody, according to a Paris police spokeswoman.

Angry protesters on Saturday tried to rip the boards off. Protesters threw flares and other projectiles and set fires but were repeatedly pushed back by tear gas and water cannon. By mid-afternoon, more than 700 people had been stopped and questioned, and more than 400 were being held in custody, according to a Paris police spokeswoman

Angry protesters on Saturday tried to rip the boards off. Protesters threw flares and other projectiles and set fires but were repeatedly pushed back by tear gas and water cannon. By mid-afternoon, more than 700 people had been stopped and questioned, and more than 400 were being held in custody, according to a Paris police spokeswoman

Angry protesters on Saturday tried to rip the boards off. Protesters threw flares and other projectiles and set fires but were repeatedly pushed back by tear gas and water cannon. By mid-afternoon, more than 700 people had been stopped and questioned, and more than 400 were being held in custody, according to a Paris police spokeswoman

Protesters threw flares and other projectiles and set fires but were repeatedly pushed back by tear gas and water cannon. By mid-afternoon, more than 700 people had been stopped and questioned, and more than 400 were being held in custody, according to a Paris police spokeswoman

Protesters threw flares and other projectiles and set fires but were repeatedly pushed back by tear gas and water cannon. By mid-afternoon, more than 700 people had been stopped and questioned, and more than 400 were being held in custody, according to a Paris police spokeswoman

Protesters threw flares and other projectiles and set fires but were repeatedly pushed back by tear gas and water cannon. By mid-afternoon, more than 700 people had been stopped and questioned, and more than 400 were being held in custody, according to a Paris police spokeswoman

Despite the repeated skirmishes, Saturday’s anti-government protests appeared less chaotic and violent than a week ago, when crowds defaced the Arc de Triomphe, set vehicles ablaze and looted high-end stores in the city’s worst rioting since 1968.

Prized Paris monuments and normally bustling shopping meccas were locked down Saturday at the height of the holiday shopping season. 

The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum were among the many tourist attractions that closed for the day, fearing damages amid a new round of protests. Subway stations in the center of town were shut down.

The yellow vest movement – named after the fluorescent outerwear French drivers must keep in their vehicles – started as a protest against higher taxes for diesel and gas, but quickly expanded to encompass wide frustration at stagnant incomes, the rising cost of living and other grievances.

Despite the repeated skirmishes, Saturday's anti-government protests appeared less chaotic and violent than a week ago, when crowds defaced the Arc de Triomphe, set vehicles ablaze and looted high-end stores in the city's worst rioting since 1968 

Despite the repeated skirmishes, Saturday's anti-government protests appeared less chaotic and violent than a week ago, when crowds defaced the Arc de Triomphe, set vehicles ablaze and looted high-end stores in the city's worst rioting since 1968 

Despite the repeated skirmishes, Saturday’s anti-government protests appeared less chaotic and violent than a week ago, when crowds defaced the Arc de Triomphe, set vehicles ablaze and looted high-end stores in the city’s worst rioting since 1968 

Prized Paris monuments and normally bustling shopping meccas were locked down Saturday at the height of the holiday shopping season. The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum were among the many tourist attractions that closed for the day, fearing damages amid a new round of protests. Subway stations in the center of town were shut down

Prized Paris monuments and normally bustling shopping meccas were locked down Saturday at the height of the holiday shopping season. The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum were among the many tourist attractions that closed for the day, fearing damages amid a new round of protests. Subway stations in the center of town were shut down

Prized Paris monuments and normally bustling shopping meccas were locked down Saturday at the height of the holiday shopping season. The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum were among the many tourist attractions that closed for the day, fearing damages amid a new round of protests. Subway stations in the center of town were shut down

Protesters who came to Paris from Normandy described seeing officers block yellow-vested passengers from boarding public transportation at stops along their route. The national gendarme escort service in DC posted a video on Twitter of police tackling a protester and confiscating his dangerous material, which appeared to be primarily a tennis racket

Protesters who came to Paris from Normandy described seeing officers block yellow-vested passengers from boarding public transportation at stops along their route. The national gendarme escort service in DC posted a video on Twitter of police tackling a protester and confiscating his dangerous material, which appeared to be primarily a tennis racket

Protesters who came to Paris from Normandy described seeing officers block yellow-vested passengers from boarding public transportation at stops along their route. The national gendarme escort service in DC posted a video on Twitter of police tackling a protester and confiscating his dangerous material, which appeared to be primarily a tennis racket

Macron on Wednesday agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike, which aimed to wean France off fossil fuels and uphold the Paris climate agreement, but that hasn’t defused the anger.

After two weekends of violence in Paris that made the authorities look powerless, police went into overdrive Saturday to keep a lid on unrest. 

Protesters who came to Paris from Normandy described seeing officers block yellow-vested passengers from boarding public transportation at stops along their route. 

The national gendarme escort service in DC posted a video on Twitter of police tackling a protester and confiscating his dangerous material, which appeared to be primarily a tennis racket.

Dramatic photographs offer a snapshot into the volatile atmosphere surrounding the streets of France, as 'yellow vests' continue to demand more concessions from the government following Macron's U-turn on the fuel tax

Dramatic photographs offer a snapshot into the volatile atmosphere surrounding the streets of France, as 'yellow vests' continue to demand more concessions from the government following Macron's U-turn on the fuel tax

Dramatic photographs offer a snapshot into the volatile atmosphere surrounding the streets of France, as ‘yellow vests’ continue to demand more concessions from the government following Macron’s U-turn on the fuel tax

France had been braced for “ultra-violent” demonstrations on Saturday, with tens of thousands of officers deployed to police the anti-government protests

France had been braced for “ultra-violent” demonstrations on Saturday, with tens of thousands of officers deployed to police the anti-government protests

France had been braced for ‘ultra-violent’ demonstrations on Saturday, with tens of thousands of officers deployed to police the anti-government protests

Macron’s government had warned that the yellow vest protests had created a ‘monster’ and that Saturday’s protests would be hijacked by radicalized and rebellious crowds.

Demonstrators waving French flags, shouting the French anthem and wearing the movement’s signature neon vests gathered before dawn Saturday near the Arc de Triomphe, then tried to march down the Champs-Elysees Avenue toward the presidential palace.

Rows of helmeted, thickly protected riot police blocked their passage down the Champs-Elysees toward the heart of presidential power. So the protesters tried other routes, marching through the prime shopping district that includes the high-end stores of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps and the Palais Garnier opera house.

About 89,000 police were deployed across the country. Of these, about 8,000 were deployed in Paris to avoid a repeat of last Saturday's mayhem when rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard, and defaced the Arc de Triomphe monument with graffiti directed at President Emmanuel Macron

About 89,000 police were deployed across the country. Of these, about 8,000 were deployed in Paris to avoid a repeat of last Saturday's mayhem when rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard, and defaced the Arc de Triomphe monument with graffiti directed at President Emmanuel Macron

About 89,000 police were deployed across the country. Of these, about 8,000 were deployed in Paris to avoid a repeat of last Saturday’s mayhem when rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard, and defaced the Arc de Triomphe monument with graffiti directed at President Emmanuel Macron

Police are seizing protective equipment from journalists and barring some provincial yellow vest protesters from boarding trains to Paris, as part of exceptionally stringent security measures to prevent a repeat of last week’s rioting

French gendarmerie keep watch during the demonstration of the yellow vests on the Champs-Elysees avenue

French gendarmerie keep watch during the demonstration of the yellow vests on the Champs-Elysees avenue

French gendarmerie keep watch during the demonstration of the yellow vests on the Champs-Elysees avenue

National police estimated the number of protesters in Paris on Saturday at 8,000, among 31,000 protesters nationwide. They appeared to be outnumbered by police, with 8,000 officers deployed in the capital alone and 89,000 fanned out around the country.

The yellow vests include people with views that range from the far right to the far left. The group has no leaders but is united in its feeling that Macron and his government are out of touch with the concerns of ordinary French families.

‘We are here to tell (Macron) our discontent. Me, I’m not here to break things because I have four children so I am going to try to be safe for them, because they are afraid,’ protester Myriam Diaz told the AP. ‘But I still want to be here to say `Stop, that’s enough, this has to stop.”

Cyril, a garbage truck driver in Normandy who earns 1,430 euros (£1,431) a month, said Macron’s mistake was trying to reform France too quickly.

Protester holds a Brittany flag as 'Yellow vests' protesters clash with riot police amid tear gas on the Champs Elysees

Protester holds a Brittany flag as 'Yellow vests' protesters clash with riot police amid tear gas on the Champs Elysees

Protester holds a Brittany flag as ‘Yellow vests’ protesters clash with riot police amid tear gas on the Champs Elysees

Police are already battling accusations Friday of being heavy-handed, with a video of high-school pupils kneeling on the ground with their hands behind their heads causing widespread outrage

Police are already battling accusations Friday of being heavy-handed, with a video of high-school pupils kneeling on the ground with their hands behind their heads causing widespread outrage

Police are already battling accusations Friday of being heavy-handed, with a video of high-school pupils kneeling on the ground with their hands behind their heads causing widespread outrage

Paris police are firing water cannons on yellow-vested protesters throwing flares and setting fires in one of the French capital's main shopping districts. Scattered clashes are continuing around the city as the protesters seek to reach the presidential palace and demand President Emmanuel Macron's resignation

Paris police are firing water cannons on yellow-vested protesters throwing flares and setting fires in one of the French capital's main shopping districts. Scattered clashes are continuing around the city as the protesters seek to reach the presidential palace and demand President Emmanuel Macron's resignation

Paris police are firing water cannons on yellow-vested protesters throwing flares and setting fires in one of the French capital’s main shopping districts. Scattered clashes are continuing around the city as the protesters seek to reach the presidential palace and demand President Emmanuel Macron’s resignation

‘I don’t want to have kids because I have trouble feeding myself, let alone another mouth,’ the 25-year-old said, adding he came to Paris to demonstrate and ‘defend myself.’

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner urged calm. ‘I ask the yellow vests that want to bring about a peaceful message to not go with the violent people. We know that the violent people are only strong because they hide themselves within the yellow vests, which hampers the security forces,’ he said Saturday.

Four people have been killed in accidents since the unrest began Nov. 17. Christmas markets, national soccer matches and countless other events have been canceled due to the protests.

While the situation is tense, police appear to have it more under control than a week ago, when rioting and looting overwhelmed Paris security forces

While the situation is tense, police appear to have it more under control than a week ago, when rioting and looting overwhelmed Paris security forces

While the situation is tense, police appear to have it more under control than a week ago, when rioting and looting overwhelmed Paris security forces

Like several neighborhoods of Paris, the area is largely locked down, with many stores shuttered for fear of violence. Overall police estimate there are about 8,000 yellow vest protesters in Paris on Saturday, down from last week. Meanwhile the government deployed 8,000 police in the city, as part of exceptional security measures aimed at preventing a repeat of last week's rioting, which injured 130 people and struck a new blow to France's global image

Like several neighborhoods of Paris, the area is largely locked down, with many stores shuttered for fear of violence. Overall police estimate there are about 8,000 yellow vest protesters in Paris on Saturday, down from last week. Meanwhile the government deployed 8,000 police in the city, as part of exceptional security measures aimed at preventing a repeat of last week's rioting, which injured 130 people and struck a new blow to France's global image

Like several neighborhoods of Paris, the area is largely locked down, with many stores shuttered for fear of violence. Overall police estimate there are about 8,000 yellow vest protesters in Paris on Saturday, down from last week. Meanwhile the government deployed 8,000 police in the city, as part of exceptional security measures aimed at preventing a repeat of last week’s rioting, which injured 130 people and struck a new blow to France’s global image

French CRS riot police vehicles stand in place along the Printemps Department store during a national day of protest by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris

French CRS riot police vehicles stand in place along the Printemps Department store during a national day of protest by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris

French CRS riot police vehicles stand in place along the Printemps Department store during a national day of protest by the ‘yellow vests’ movement in Paris

The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets French motorists have to keep in their cars, erupted in November over the squeeze on household budgets caused by fuel taxes. Demonstrations have since swelled into a broad, sometimes violent rebellion against Macron, a challenge made more difficult to handle since the movement has no formal leader 

The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets French motorists have to keep in their cars, erupted in November over the squeeze on household budgets caused by fuel taxes. Demonstrations have since swelled into a broad, sometimes violent rebellion against Macron, a challenge made more difficult to handle since the movement has no formal leader 

The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets French motorists have to keep in their cars, erupted in November over the squeeze on household budgets caused by fuel taxes. Demonstrations have since swelled into a broad, sometimes violent rebellion against Macron, a challenge made more difficult to handle since the movement has no formal leader 

Authorities say the protests have been hijacked by far-right and anarchist elements bent on violence and stirring up social unrest in a direct affront to Macron and the security forces. ‘We have prepared a robust response,’ Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Saturday. He called on peaceful protesters not to get mixed up with ‘hooligans’

French police arrest a man during a Yellow Vests demonstration. Macron, whose popularity is at a low ebb according to polls, has been forced into making the first major U-turn of his presidency by abandoning a fuel tax. Despite the climbdown, the "yellow vests" continue to demand more concessions from the government, including lower taxes

French police arrest a man during a Yellow Vests demonstration. Macron, whose popularity is at a low ebb according to polls, has been forced into making the first major U-turn of his presidency by abandoning a fuel tax. Despite the climbdown, the "yellow vests" continue to demand more concessions from the government, including lower taxes

French police arrest a man during a Yellow Vests demonstration. Macron, whose popularity is at a low ebb according to polls, has been forced into making the first major U-turn of his presidency by abandoning a fuel tax. Despite the climbdown, the ‘yellow vests’ continue to demand more concessions from the government, including lower taxes

Demonstrators wearing yellow vests march down the Champs Elysees holding the French tricolor in Paris

Demonstrators wearing yellow vests march down the Champs Elysees holding the French tricolor in Paris

Demonstrators wearing yellow vests march down the Champs Elysees holding the French tricolor in Paris

Some 89,000 officers, as well as armoured vehicles, have taken position across the nation. There were 8,000 police in Paris alone. Saturday’s protests were predicted to be most dangerous yet

Some 89,000 officers, as well as armoured vehicles, have taken position across the nation. There were 8,000 police in Paris alone. Saturday’s protests were predicted to be most dangerous yet

Some 89,000 officers, as well as armoured vehicles, have taken position across the nation. There were 8,000 police in Paris alone. Saturday’s protests were predicted to be most dangerous yet

Macron, who has not spoken in public since he condemned last Saturday's disturbances while at the G20 summit in Argentina, will address the nation early next week, his office said

Macron, who has not spoken in public since he condemned last Saturday's disturbances while at the G20 summit in Argentina, will address the nation early next week, his office said

Macron, who has not spoken in public since he condemned last Saturday’s disturbances while at the G20 summit in Argentina, will address the nation early next week, his office said

Officials are set to deploy 12 Berliet VXB-170s, which are usually equipped with a 7.62mm machine gun and a 56mm Alsetex Cougar grenade launcher

Officials are set to deploy 12 Berliet VXB-170s, which are usually equipped with a 7.62mm machine gun and a 56mm Alsetex Cougar grenade launcher

Officials are set to deploy 12 Berliet VXB-170s, which are usually equipped with a 7.62mm machine gun and a 56mm Alsetex Cougar grenade launcher

Macron has agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike that triggered the movement. However, protesters' demands have now expanded to other issues hurting French workers, retirees and students

Macron has agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike that triggered the movement. However, protesters' demands have now expanded to other issues hurting French workers, retirees and students

Macron has agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike that triggered the movement. However, protesters’ demands have now expanded to other issues hurting French workers, retirees and students

People face off with French Gendarmes as they demonstrate during a national day of protest by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris

People face off with French Gendarmes as they demonstrate during a national day of protest by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris

People face off with French Gendarmes as they demonstrate during a national day of protest by the ‘yellow vests’ movement in Paris

About 5,000 people gathered on the Champs-Elysées and marched a short distance to a police cordon, where they stopped. There have been a few confrontations, with police firing tear gas at protesters in a side street as tensions flared

About 5,000 people gathered on the Champs-Elysées and marched a short distance to a police cordon, where they stopped. There have been a few confrontations, with police firing tear gas at protesters in a side street as tensions flared

About 5,000 people gathered on the Champs-Elysées and marched a short distance to a police cordon, where they stopped. There have been a few confrontations, with police firing tear gas at protesters in a side street as tensions flared

About 5,000 people gathered on the Champs-Elysées and marched a short distance to a police cordon, where they stopped. There have been a few confrontations, with police firing tear gas at protesters in a side street as tensions flared

About 5,000 people gathered on the Champs-Elysées and marched a short distance to a police cordon, where they stopped. There have been a few confrontations, with police firing tear gas at protesters in a side street as tensions flared

About 5,000 people gathered on the Champs-Elysées and marched a short distance to a police cordon, where they stopped. There have been a few confrontations, with police firing tear gas at protesters in a side street as tensions flared

riot police clash with protesters wearing yellow vests on the Champs Elysee

riot police clash with protesters wearing yellow vests on the Champs Elysee

riot police clash with protesters wearing yellow vests on the Champs Elysee

riot police clash with protesters wearing yellow vests on the Champs Elysee

riot police clash with protesters wearing yellow vests on the Champs Elysee

riot police clash with protesters wearing yellow vests on the Champs Elysee

Prized Paris monuments and normally bustling shopping meccas locked down Saturday and tens of thousands of police took position around France, fearing worsening violence in a new round of anti-government protests

Prized Paris monuments and normally bustling shopping meccas locked down Saturday and tens of thousands of police took position around France, fearing worsening violence in a new round of anti-government protests

Prized Paris monuments and normally bustling shopping meccas locked down Saturday and tens of thousands of police took position around France, fearing worsening violence in a new round of anti-government protests

A riot police holds a flashball gun during a protest of Yellow vests against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes, near the Champs Elysees in Paris

A riot police holds a flashball gun during a protest of Yellow vests against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes, near the Champs Elysees in Paris

A riot police holds a flashball gun during a protest of Yellow vests against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes, near the Champs Elysees in Paris

A protestor wearing yellow vest kicks back a tear gas canister on the Champs Elysee

A protestor wearing yellow vest kicks back a tear gas canister on the Champs Elysee

A protestor wearing yellow vest kicks back a tear gas canister on the Champs Elysee

Protesters also blocked roads, roundabouts and tollbooths elsewhere in France. Offshoot movements have emerged elsewhere, and yellow-vest protests were held Saturday in Belgium and the Netherlands.

U.S. President Donald Trump sought to fuel the anger in France, seizing the moment to criticize the Paris climate accord, which he is abandoning.

‘People do not want to pay large sums of money … in order to maybe protect the environment,’ he tweeted.

Many economists and scientists, however, say higher fuel taxes are essential to saving the planet from worsening climate change. 



Hundreds of ‘yellow vest’ protesters are detained in Paris