In the second weekend of "yellow vest" protests across France, police fired tear gas and used water cannons against demonstrators in Paris.
Several thousand French citizens, angry over rising fuel costs and President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies, have been protesting for more than a week. The protesters wear fluorescent yellow jackets as a symbol of their resistance, which all motorists in France must have in their cars in case of emergencies.
Alongside the tax on diesel and petrol, which has hit impoverished citizens hardest, the government has offered incentives to buy green or electric vehicles as well as a shift to more environmentally friendly transport.
Since taking office Macron has been chided by political opponents, including trade unions, pensioners, and general citizens, as "the president of the rich." His popularity has dwindled to new lows of 21 percent.