On Saturday, French Police and fuel tax protesters had a clash, which left about 80 people injured and over 100 people arrested.
In the third week of the protest thousands of people gathered at the Champs-Élysées over rising of fuel prices and tax, where riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters.
In an effort to breach the barricade blocking the route to the Elysee Palace, which is the President’s official residence, protesters sprayed police with yellow paint, threw rocks and lit fires early Saturday morning.
The French interior minister blamed extremists for the violence pointing out that over 5,000 peaceful demonstrators came holding roses and had marched near the Champs-Élysées.
The Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe said that everyone is attached to freedom of expression but also to respect the law. He said he was shocked by the violence in France, referring to the clashes around the Arc de Triomphe.
Since the protest started in November, 2 have been killed with 100s of people injured