French govt says no plans now for state of emergency

The demonstrations degenerated into street clashes and vandalism in Paris over the weekend

He refused to answer any questions from journalists about the situation in Paris.

Speaking from the G20 meeting in Argentina, Macron said he would "never accept violence".

"The government is not entitled to a third black Saturday", said Senate President Gerard Larcher, amid warnings of another wave of protests in the capital, while far-right and far-left leaders Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melenchon joined calls for new parliamentary elections.

The "yellow vest" demonstrations, named for the roadside safety vests worn by the protesters, started last month over a hike in gas prices and have evolved into protests over the high cost of living in France.

While police battled protesters at the Arc de Triomphe, the rest of the avenue was largely empty with boarded up shops on what should have been a busy Christmas shopping weekend.

"Our responsibility is to ensure that everything goes as well as possible", Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said earlier while touring the forces on the avenue. The research, conducted by the sociological service Harris Interactive and published on December 2, has shown that the majority of respondents support the demonstrations although they turned into violent rallies in several French cities, including Paris. An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw other protesters and a soldier intervene to disperse the troublemakers and protect the flame.

Thousands of "yellow vest" protesters have gathered in Paris and several other cities for the last two weeks to protest French President Emmanuel Macron's controversial fuel tax.

But the vast plumes of smoke and tear gas that clouded the capital on Saturday were a testament to the escalation of violence in Paris.

Reporting from Paris, Al Jazeera's David Chater said that the attacks on the monument were carried out by a small minority of the protesters, but the damage to the landmark has touched a nerve in the French government.

Macron's task now is also complicated by his own desire not to yield to France's street protests, which in the past have repeatedly forced his predecessors into U-turns.

Philippe is to announce the fuel tax suspension after meeting with lawmakers in his Republic on the Move party

According to a Reuters report on the events at the time, the regular French drivers don't seem as concerned with climate change as the government: a poll conducted in late November found that people in France preferred that the government focus on implementing policies that would help boost household income instead of fighting climate change.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted her "indignation" and "deep sadness", saying that violence is "not acceptable".

The demonstrators say Macron's government does not care about the problems of ordinary people.

A motorist died overnight after colliding with traffic which had built up due to a "yellow vest" anti-government protest in southern France, a local prosecutor said Sunday.

The protesters have no apparent leaders, making it hard for the French government to negotiate or meet with them.

Turkish Foreign Ministry on Sunday issued a travel advisory for citizens traveling to France warning them against ongoing violent protests in Paris and across the country.

There were more than 400 arrests and up to a 130 serious injuries - including 23 police officers. They marched on the famed avenue behind a big banner writing "Macron, stop taking us for stupid people".

A demonstrator watches a burning auto near the Champs-Elysees avenue during a demonstration Saturday, Dec.1, 2018 in Paris.

"It's hard to reach the end of the month".

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, visiting the Paris police's command centre, said at least 107 people were arrested in Paris among the estimated 5,500 protesters.

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