French police have fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon to disperse "yellow-vest" protesters in a third weekend of nationwide unrest against high living costs that pose one of the gravest challenges of Emmanuel Macron's presidency.

Police and anti-government protesters clashed near the Champs-Elysees and in other parts of central Paris on Saturday with demonstrators paint at riot police who responded with tear gas.

The clashes came as thousands took part in a third weekend of "yellow vest" protests which have morphed from anger over fuel taxes into a broader anti-government movement.

Authorities said over 200 people were arrested and 65 people were injured, including 16 of the 5,000 police officers mobilised for the protests.

Here is a glimpse of the Saturday's violent protests.

A riot police officer uses his baton on a demonstrator during a demonstration at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris  on Dec.1, 2018.
A riot police officer uses his baton on a demonstrator during a demonstration at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Dec.1, 2018. (AP)
Yellow vests (protesters stand in front of French riot police during a demonstration in Tours, central France on December 1, 2018.
Yellow vests (protesters stand in front of French riot police during a demonstration in Tours, central France on December 1, 2018. (AFP)
Demonstrators wearing yellow jackets protest at the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration in Paris on Dec.1, 2018.
Demonstrators wearing yellow jackets protest at the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration in Paris on Dec.1, 2018. (AP)
French fire fighters extinguish a vehicle set a light by Yellow vests demonstrators in the French capital Paris on December 1, 2018.
French fire fighters extinguish a vehicle set a light by Yellow vests demonstrators in the French capital Paris on December 1, 2018. (AFP)
A French flag floats as fire is burning during a protest on December 1, 2018 in Paris.
A French flag floats as fire is burning during a protest on December 1, 2018 in Paris. (AFP)
A demonstrator walks through tear gas near the Champs-Elysees avenue during the yellow vest protest in Paris on on Dec.1, 2018 .
A demonstrator walks through tear gas near the Champs-Elysees avenue during the yellow vest protest in Paris on on Dec.1, 2018 . (AP)
A demonstrator holds a French flag during a protest of Yellow vests in Paris, France on  on December 1, 2018.
A demonstrator holds a French flag during a protest of Yellow vests in Paris, France on on December 1, 2018. (AFP)
Demonstrators wearing yellow jackets face water cannons near the Champs-Elysees avenue during a demonstration in Paris,  Dec.1, 2018 .
Demonstrators wearing yellow jackets face water cannons near the Champs-Elysees avenue during a demonstration in Paris, Dec.1, 2018 . (AP)
French police uses violence against a man who joined the yellow vest protest in Tours, central France on December 1, 2018.
French police uses violence against a man who joined the yellow vest protest in Tours, central France on December 1, 2018. (AFP)
Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel taxes, face off with French gendarmes during clashes at the Place de l'Etoile in Paris, France on December 1, 2018.
Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel taxes, face off with French gendarmes during clashes at the Place de l'Etoile in Paris, France on December 1, 2018. (Reuters)
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