The challenge thrown to President Macron over his plans for radical pension reform has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets and key transport services brought to a standstill.
French police used a water cannon and fired tear gas in Paris to drive back protesters marking the first anniversary of anti-government Yellow Vest demonstrations.
A group called the Red Scarves are holding demonstrations across Paris to counter the Yellow Vests protests.
Police unions and local authorities held emergency meetings on Thursday to strategise — while disparate groups of protesters were sharing plans on social networks and chat groups.
French authorities have deployed thousands of police on Paris' Champs-Elysees avenue to try to contain protests by people angry over rising taxes and high costs of living under President Emmanuel Macron's government.
Two people have died and over 750 people, including 136 police officers, were injured during a week of demonstrations over rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron's presidency.
A rally turned into a violent protest in Paris where police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people, protesting against government's economic policies.
Police detains 27 people in Paris after protest marches lead to violence.
Clashes break out between young French protesters and police over proposed labour reforms
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