Clashes broke out between crowds and police on the Champs Élysées in the second weekend of demonstrations.'Gilets Jaunes' protest against rising fuel prices, Paris, France - 24 Nov 2018Thousands had travelled from across France to show their anger at the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and the government. The interior minister, Christophe Castaner, said 8,000 protesters had arrived in Paris by mid-morning, 5,000 of them on the Champs Élysées, which had been closed off.

PARIS  Retailers on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées were counting the damages on Sunday after a day of violent clashes between police and protesters opposed to the policies of French President Emmanuel Macron.

“It looks like a war zone,” Jeanne d’Hauteserre, the mayor of the French capital’s 8th arrondissement, told French radio station France Info.

Protesters erected barricades, burnt cars, ripped up pavements and vandalized stores during a 12-hour standoff that left 24 injured, including five police officers, according to the French Interior Ministry. Police responded with water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets.

The famed thoroughfare is home to brands including Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Guerlain, Sephora, Gap Inc., Apple and Nike, among others.

Macron condemned the acts of violence. 

“Thank you to our law enforcement officers for their courage and professionalism. Shame on those who attacked them. Shame on those who assaulted fellow citizens and journalists. Shame on those who tried to intimidate elected officials,” he said on Twitter. 

A man takes a photograph with his mobile phone of a smashed window at the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, in the aftermath of a protest against the rising of the fuel taxes. French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned violence by protesters at demonstrations against rising fuel taxes and his governmentGas Price Protests Aftermath, Paris, France - 25 Nov 2018

A smashed window on Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris.  Michel Euler/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner praised police officers for their handling of the clashes, noting the injury toll could have been much worse. 

An estimated 106,000 people took part in protests across France organized by the so-called “gilets jaunes,” or “yellow vests,” grassroots movement, which began as a protest against fuel taxes and has since grown to encompass a range of demands. 

Demonstrators, called the yellow jackets, set up a makeshift barricade on the famed Champs Elysees avenue, during a protest against the rising of the fuel taxes, in Paris, France, . French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators in Paris Saturday, as thousands gathered in the capital and staged road blockades across the nation to vent anger against rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron's presidencyGas Price Protests, Paris, France - 24 Nov 2018

Demonstrators, called the yellow jackets, set up a makeshift barricade on the famed Champs-Élysées.  Kamil Zihnioglu/AP/REX/Shutterstock

An estimated 5,000 demonstrators descended onto the Champs-Élysées after being denied access to the Place de la Concorde, which is close to the Élysée presidential palace, for security reasons. Police arrested more than 100 people in Paris.

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