Police in Paris fired tear gas among Yellow Vest protesters after clashes broke out on the city streets in the thirteenth week of demonstrations.
Video shared on social media earlier Saturday shows one protester lash out and kick a police officer in the face, prompting police to charge demonstrators and strike out with their batons.
Vehicles and trash cans were set alight as the protests rolled on.
According to figures from the French Interior Ministry, a total of 51,400 people took part in Saturday's Yellow Vest protests. Some 4,000 marched in Paris, while more crowds gathered in other French cities, including Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux. In Paris, 36 demonstrators were arrested.
On February 8, Yellow Vest organizers said they would no longer give officials prior notice of their rallies in Paris as the movement doesn't want to be “complicit in government violence" following a series of serious injuries to protesters during clashes with police.
‘Due to police brutality’: Yellow Vests will no longer give officials prior notice of Paris protests