Police use tear gas in Paris protest against Macron

French protestors took to the streets

French protestors took to the streets

The famous avenue was dotted from early morning with neon, owing to the hi-vis vests the myriad self-styled "yellow jacket" protesters wear.

French police made dozens of arrests across France Saturday amid violent anti-government protests described by one of the protesters as a "civil war", CNN affiliate BFM reported.

Protestors demonstrating against high fuel prices in Paris have clashed with police.

Demonstrators angered by French President Macron's push to raise gas taxes; Ryan Chilcote reports from London.

French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators in Paris on 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 presidency.

Some 3,000 police were deployed in the capital as demonstrators who have blocked French roads over the past week wearing their now signature high-visibility jackets were set to cause another day of disruption after calls to bring Paris to a standstill.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that 8,000 protesters flooded the Champs-Elysees at the demonstration's peak and there were almost 106,000 protesters and 130 arrests in total nationwide.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner called for calm and promised tough police measures against unruly crowds.

More than 200 people were injured and more than 100 were arrested, according to figures from the French Interior Ministry.

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Almost 300,000 people blocked motorways, roundabouts, businesses, and fuel depots last Saturday and smaller protests have continued this week, with an estimated 5,000 people wearing the fluorescent yellow jackets taking part on Friday.

Paris police authorities said Saturday's incidents were linked to the "presence of members of the far-right who harassed the security forces".

Macron has insisted the fuel tax rises are a necessary pain to reduce France's dependence on fossil fuels and fund renewable energy investments - a cornerstone of his reforms of the nation.

A poll this week indicated that 73% of people in France have expressed support for the protests, which have been characterised as a grassroots movement lacking in clear leadership. He will defend fresh plans to make the "energy transition" easier next week.

The anger is mainly over a hike in the diesel fuel tax, which has gone up seven euro cents per litre (nearly 30 USA cents per gallon) and will keep climbing in coming years, according to Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne.

Diesel prices have surged 16% this year from an average 1.24 euros ($1.41) per liter to 1.48 euros ($1.69), even hitting 1.53 euros in October, according to UFIP, France's oil industry federation.

But political foes have dismissed him as the "president of the rich" for ending a wealth tax, and voters appear to be growing restless, with the 40-year-old president's popularity slumped at barely 20 per cent.

Far left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon explained to BFMTV the historical importance of this issue in the Gallic mindset: "When tax is no longer agreed to, it's the start of revolutions in France".

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