"Macron has given us no big solutions in the big debate".
Macron had led the national debate to respond to protesters' concerns about sinking living standards, stagnant wages and high unemployment. A vehicle burned outside luxury boutique Kenzo, one of many blazes on and around the Champs-Elysees. Fouquet's - an upscale restaurant popular with politicians and celebrities - was vandalised, as was a Boss menswear store. Critics see the place as an offensive example of bourgeois decadence that is inaccessible to most French people, who are struggling to pay their bills.
It's also associated with former conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, who celebrated his 2007 election victory in Fouquet's - drawing criticism for his choice of such a flashy locale.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is vowing to "severely punish" the radicals responsible for rioting and setting fires around one of France's richest neighborhoods.
A Yellow Vest protester destroys a shop window during clashes with riot police forces on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on March 16, 2019, on the 18th consecutive Saturday of demonstrations called by the "Yellow Vest" (gilets jaunes) movement.
He estimated up to a few thousand troublemakers were responsible for Saturday's "unacceptable" violence.More news: Zidane drops Courtois for first game back in charge — Real Madrid
"But within this 8,000, there are more than 1,500 ultra violent people who are there just to smash things up, to fight and to attack", he said, adding more than 1,400 police officers were mobilized.
How did the violence start?
"Let there be no doubt: they are looking for violence and are there to sow chaos in Paris", Castaner said in a Tweet.
Saudi Arabia's embassy in France has advised Saudi citizens to avoid the Champs-Elysées area and areas surrounding it due to the "yellow vest" protests.
But the yellow vest numbers paled beside the 30,000 people taking part in a climate march weaving through Paris at the same time, according to Castaner.
A Banque Tarneaud branch spewed flames before firefighters arrived and rescued two people from the building, with eleven suffering minor injuries, the fire department said.More news: Over $2 million raised in support of Chch attack victims
A bank on the ground level of a residential building was targeted. A mother and child nearly didn't make it out as flames engulfed their floor.
A large crowd gathered on the Champs-Elysees avenue for the 18th straight week of anti-government protests which initially rocked President Emmanuel Macron's administration, forcing him to adopt more anti-poverty measures, but had appeared to fizzle in recent weeks.
French police fired tear gas and arrested dozens on Saturday in clashes with protesters as the yellow vest movement sought to inject new impetus into its four-month old revolt against President Emmanuel Macron and his pro-business reforms.
Protesters threw cobblestones at riot police through clouds of tear gas in front of Paris' Arc de Triomphe monument, which was ransacked at the peak of the protests in December.
Simultaneous fires were also put out from two burning newspaper kiosks, which sent black smoke high into the sky.More news: 3 things Barcelona need to do against Manchester United