A Turkish photojournalist was hit by a tear gas canister in Paris amid violent crackdown on protests.
A total of 173 people were arrested in Paris, Interior Minister Castaner says, while dozens more were arrested in smaller protests in other cities.
The yellow vest movement has attracted large crowds and remains a challenge to President Emmanuel Macron as it hits its 21st consecutive week. Protesters are demanding social and economic justice.
Protesters clash with riot police near Champs-Elysees avenue, vandalise luxury stores and set fires during the 18th straight week of anti-government rallies.
Demonstrators gather for the 16th straight weekend in Paris and other cities to protest President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies which they say favours country's rich.
Police said about 10 demonstrators have been arrested so far as scuffles broke out between protesters and police near the Champs-Elysees avenue and the National Assembly.
A group called the Red Scarves are holding demonstrations across Paris to counter the Yellow Vests protests.
Violence at rallies has prompted a counter-demonstration by groups calling themselves the "red scarves" and "blue vests".
Officials have vowed zero tolerance for the violence that has marred the weekly protests since they began two months ago, deploying some 80,000 security forces nationwide.
Christian Dior is bringing forward a menswear catwalk show initially planned for January 19 to avoid protests in the French capital.
The number of protesters demonstrating in Paris keeps going down sharply as appeal for sixth straight Saturday protest across the country appeared to fall on deaf ears.
The protests against President Macron's economic policies continue despite his announcement to cancel the planned fuel tax hikes, raise the minimum wage and provide tax relief for pensioners in 2019.
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