Police in Paris have fired rubber bullets and tear gas as a fourth weekend of anti-government protests across France turned violent. In Paris, 737 were arrested with 551 in custody.
Many protesters slammed the French media for portraying the protests as led by violent agitators and for siding with Macron's government. Tens of thousands of officers were deployed nationwide.
For more on today's protests and the growing demands of the "yellow vest" movement, NPR reporter Eleanor Beardsley joins us now via Skype from Paris. Yet the protests continued, although the violence of a week earlier was better contained.
Meanwhile, Macron seemingly has gone missing as his government tries to curb the chaos caused by his unpopular gas-tax plan. Rioters looted a golf supply store, making off with clubs they used to smash the windows of bank branches. Those included the renowned Champs-Elysees, which would normally be packed with tourists and shoppers.
As the day of news wrapped up Trump sent another message calling it a "very sad day & night in Paris" and proposing one more time to abolish the "ridiculous and extremely expensive" Paris agreement.
"I don't want to have kids because I have trouble feeding myself, let alone another mouth", the 25-year-old told the AP, saying he came to Paris to demonstrate and "defend myself".
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday postponed a proposed hike in the country's tax on gas and diesel fuel, meant to encourage more usage of electric vehicles, but it doesn't seem to have derailed the protests. These weapons included hammers, baseball bats and metal petanque balls. They said fellow protesters trying to reach Paris from Toulouse in southern France reported the same problems.
Earlier in the day, Trump also returned to one his cherished subjects, with yet another reminder of France's unwillingness to contribute sufficiently to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, spiced up by a dig at the country's military prowess.
Granted, for the fourth weekend in a row, tens of thousands of protesters clad in yellow vehicle emergency vests swarmed the streets of Paris - where the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and department stores were closed and designer boutiques were boarded up, many metro stations were shut down and major arteries were closed off by police in riot gear.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Friday resources would be deployed to stop protests from being hijacked by "a small minority" who have been "radicalized and fallen into violence and hate".
After being taken by surprise by the scale of last Saturday's violence, Paris prepared by closing many museums, asking shops on the Champs-Elysees to shutter, and postponing Saturday's Paris Saint-Germain-Montpellier football match.
Shops have been boarded up, and the Eiffel Tower and Louvre closed as demonstrations began close to the Champs Elysees.
Demonstrators waving French flags and wearing the movement's signature neon vests gathered before dawn Saturday near the Arc de Triomphe, which was damaged in last week's rioting. Armoured vehicles will also be mobilised in the capital.
Over three weeks, the demands of protesters have expanded to include a raise in the minimum wage and a decrease in the retirement age.
Underpinning the movement is a widespread complaint that overlooked provincial workers on modest incomes barely scrape by after paying some of the highest tax bills in Europe.
Macron on Wednesday agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike, which aimed to wean France off fossil fuels and uphold the Paris climate agreement, but that hasn't defused the anger.