Violence erupted on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where protesters congregated to take part in the weekly march which began in November. Riot police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd, some of whom were carrying firecrackers.
The area around the iconic landmark was quickly enveloped in smoke. Some protesters tried to erect barricades to block streets around the Place Charles de Gaulle, prompting police to respond with crowd control measures.
Police car catches fire amid #YellowVest protests in Paris
— RT (@RT_com) 16 March 2019
Saturday’s rally saw hundreds of people flooding the streets of downtown Paris, with many wearing black balaclavas and holding French flags.