Protests turned violent as police applied water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Protesters threw rocks and set up barricades.

A spokesman for Paris police stated 192 persons had been becoming held for questioning. The Paris prosecutor’s workplace stated 64 have been placed in custody.

Protesters torched a branch of the Tarneaud bank, a spokesperson for Paris firefighters stated. Firefighters evacuated the creating and place out the blaze.

Yellow vest protesters fan flames of anti-Semitism in France

On the Champs-Élysées, retailers and restaurant windows had been shattered and a newspaper stand was set on fire. Fouquet’s, the restaurant exactly where former President Nicolas Sarkozy celebrated his election in May perhaps 2007, was amongst the vandalized establishments.

The restaurant’s windows had been smashed, its awning burned and its insides wrecked. Protesters applied spray paint to create “Sarkozy has broken almost everything” on the restaurant’s outdoors wall.

Fouquet's restaurant on the Champs-Élysées in Paris was heavily damaged in the yellow vest protests Saturday.

“No doubt: they are calling for violence and are right here to wreak havoc,” French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted Saturday as the clashes unfolded. “Specialists of harm and disorder, equipped and masked, have infiltrated the protests. My instruction to the police: Respond quite firmly to these unacceptable attacks.”

The “gilets jaunes” or yellow vest protests started as a campaign against a gas tax hike, but have morphed into a broader rally against President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, throughout an interview with CNN affiliate BFM on Saturday, stated these who “excuse or encourage” the ongoing protests are “complicit.”

Philippe stated authorities are operating to make certain these accountable will be “place prior to the tribunal and be severely punished.”

“Our objective is a single of total firmness,” Philippe stated, adding that there are thousands of “quite determined persons who are there to produce disorder and to commit the acts I have just denounced.”