So a group of a few hundred took side streets and tried to get past a police barricade, and police fired back with tear gas. They have been dubbed the "Yellow Vests" after the high visibility vests they have worn on demonstrations.
"The Paris Agreement isn't working out so well for Paris".
Dozens were injured - including a handful of police officers - in demonstrations that drew more than 10,000 people to Paris's city center, and more than 100,000 to the streets across France, including in "Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Grenoble".
Several tourist sites, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum, were closed at the weekend. Although the precise cost of the protests to the French economy can not yet be quantified, the French retail federation estimates retailers alone have lost around 1 billion euros (Dh4 billion) since the protests began.
PARIS-Workers in Paris swept up broken glass and towed away burnt-out cars on December 9, after the latest "yellow vest" protest, while the government warned of slower economic growth and said that President Emmanuel Macron would address the nation this week. The appearance will mark the first time Macron has said anything publicly since the riots began; the President has preferred to leave communication with the crowds to his Prime Minister, something that's only thrown fuel on the fire.
"Goodness knows where this ends", Farage said, noting France has an extensive history of violent protests and revolution.
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Prized Paris monuments and normally bustling shopping meccas locked down and tens of thousands of police took position around France.
According to the country's deputy Interior Minister, police frisked people or searched bags throughout central Paris, and confiscated gas masks and protective goggles from Associated Press journalists.
With no leader, it had turned into a bigger movement denouncing a squeeze on household spending, high living costs caused by Macron's fiscal and economic policy which they say favours the rich.
Protesters took over numerous city's busy streets.
"I ask the yellow vests that want to bring about a peaceful message to not go with the violent people".
Instead, protesters appeared to hail at least in part from a populist movement that is angry at government policy in general and what it sees as the widening gulf between mainstream politicians and the voters who put them in power. On Friday night he met riot police being deployed in Paris on Saturday.
In France, authorities have also launched an investigation into social media activity from accounts allegedly drumming up support for the protests, sources told AFP.
Four people have been killed since the protests began in mid-November.