Shocking Photos Show Paris Burning As Protests Turn Violent

The iconic Champs Elysees in Paris was on fire, amid ongoing protests over France's rising fuel costs.

Police firing tear gas and water cannons clashed in Paris on Saturday with thousands of protesters angry over rising car fuel costs and President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies, the second weekend of “yellow vest” protests across France.

As night fell, the famed Champs-Elysees avenue, where fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld switched on the red lights of Christmas just a few days ago, was still aglow with fires lit by protesters.

Yellow vests (Gilet jaune) protesters burn vehicles to block streets during a protest against rising oil prices on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Photo: Getty.

President Emmanuel Macron thanked police forces for their” courage and professionalism” in dealing with demonstrators as calm progressively returned to the Champs Elysees.

“Shame on those who attacked them ... There is no room for this violence in the Republic,” Macron said on Twitter.

Security forces in Paris fired tear gas and water cannon on November 24 to disperse protesters. Photo: Getty.

During the clashes a trailer was set on fire and exploded on the Champs Elysees, France’s most famous tourist mile, and a man who tried to attack fire fighters was overpowered by some of the demonstrators themselves.

On the nearby Avenue de Friedland, police fired special rubber balls to control demonstrators, who carried French flags or slogans, saying “Macron, resignation” and “Macron, thief”.

Several thousand demonstrators, wearing high-visibility yellow jackets, had gathered on the avenue as part of protests. Photo: Getty.

Around 8,000 protesters had converged on the Champs Elysees where police tried to prevent them from reaching the president’s Elysee Palace.

Police detained 130 people in Paris and in protests in other parts of the country.

Protesters are opposed to taxes Macron introduced last year on diesel and petrol which are designed to encourage people to switch to cleaner forms of transport. Alongside the tax, the government has offered incentives to buy electric vehicles.

Some of the yellow vests donned Guy Fawkes masks. Photo: Getty.

For more than a week, protesters clad in the fluorescent yellow jackets that all motorists in France must have in their cars have blocked highways across the country with burning barricades and convoys of slow-moving trucks, obstructing access to fuel depots, shopping centres and some factories.

Burnt tents are seen as yellow vests protesters clash with riot police. Photo: Getty.

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Interior Minister Christophe Castaner accused far-right leader Marine Le Pen of fanning the protests in the capital.

“Ultra-right networks were very mobilised on the Champs Elysees,” he said.

Smoke billows from near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photo: Getty.

But Le Pen rebuked that claim on Twitter, calling it "shabby and dishonest".

There were about 20 people injured on the Champs Elysees, according to police.

Lead photo: Getty