The clashes broke out in a side street near the capital's famed Champs-Elysees boulevard Saturday morning, as groups of protesters headed off the main avenue into smaller nearby roads, some of them with traffic still flowing.

Riot police blocked off access to some streets, attempting to keep the protests in specific areas.

Saturday marks the fifth straight weekend of demonstrations by the "yellow vest" movement, which takes its name from the fluorescent safety vests French motorists carry in their vehicles.

It emerged mid-November as a protest against fuel tax increases and morphed into an expression of rage against the government

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