Films and photos taken in the city on Saturday show cars set on fire by protesters and tear gas used by police to disperse them.
As a result of the demonstrations, at least 256 protesters were taken for questioning and 90 were also warned, Paris police said at 6:20 pm. local time (12:20 PM ET).
A small knife, a bow and a hammer were among the objects seized from the protesters, according to a tweet posted by the prefecture.
Although the yellow vest movement had scheduled four demonstrations on Saturday, police banned two, the Paris police prefecture said in a statement Friday.
Police Chief Didier Lallement described the banned protests as “parades down the Champs-Élysees” on Saturday while speaking to French television station BFMTV.
“We can’t have chaos and destruction on the Champs,” he added.
As a precaution, the authorities ordered the commercial activities on the avenue to close for four hours on Saturday morning and to “put protective equipment in front of their factories”.
The movement, named after the high-visibility yellow jackets French motorists must carry in their vehicles, began in November 2018 in opposition to plans to raise fuel prices, with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets. to manifest.
In its first year, the movement produced a € 10 billion ($ 11.05 billion) aid package for the poor and led French President Emmanuel Macron to back down in the face of protests, something he said. that he wouldn’t do.