Police fired tear gas and used water cannons Saturday to disperse protestors in Paris who are demonstrating for a second weekend against rising fuel prices.
Protesters are calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to step back from planned hike of taxes on gasoline.
His popularity has slipped to a new low, according to anopinion poll published Friday, which found only 26 percent of French people had a favorable opinion of Macron.
The French president is attempting to re-focus frustration with the tax onto rising global oil prices.
Police and government officials are increasingly concerned that far-right and far-left extremists are infiltrating the grassroots protesters, inciting violence.
By early Saturday afternoon, there were about 23,000 protesters across the country, out of which 8,000 in Paris, Le Monde reported.