Paris police fired tear gas and water cannons on Saturday during a street battle with thousands of protesters who gathered in rage over rising car fuel prices and President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies.
The so-called “yellow vest” protests across France started last week.
As nightfall came to Paris, fires and explosions hit Champs-Elysees avenue, which is in the middle of Christmas shopping season.
According to CNN, the protests started over fuel prices but have escalated because Macron now has only a 25 percent approval rating and the nation's economy is struggling.
"This is not the scene you would expect on a Saturday night," a CNN reporter said.
Video posted by onlookers showed flames shooting several stories into the air, explosions rocking entire blocks and firefighters turning their hoses on to blast protestors.
#ChampsElysees by night 🔥🔥 https://t.co/P0XNEeIk6y— 𝒦𝓊𝓃𝓉𝒶 𝓋𝒶𝓃 𝒹𝑒𝓃 𝒦𝒾𝓃𝓉é (@𝒦𝓊𝓃𝓉𝒶 𝓋𝒶𝓃 𝒹𝑒𝓃 𝒦𝒾𝓃𝓉é)1543086196.0
clashes continue at the Champs Elysees in Paris as police uses water cannon, tear gas, to prevent yellow vest prote… https://t.co/J0AK4BtDMn— Jorge Martin (@Jorge Martin)1543059450.0
VIDEO: An explosion rang out at a protest barricade in central Paris as violent clashes erupted on the… https://t.co/DOcZH7W3zX— AFP News Agency (@AFP News Agency)1543075995.0
Watch CNN's report live from France below.