Paris protests rage for third weekend despite Macron conceding to original demands

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Police arrested 575 people in Paris Saturday and fired tear gas and water cannons as violence broke out in the fourth weekend of "yellow vests" protests.

A new day of high-risk demonstrations in Paris is planned on Saturday.

Raw video: Paris police fire tear gas on a group of yellow-vested protesters near the Arc de Triomphe.

A crowd of "yellow vest" protesters is marching down the Champs-Elysees avenue in central Paris surrounded by exceptional police security amid fears of new violence.

A protester throws a tear gas canister back toward the police during a confrontation on Saturday in Paris. "But I'm here to support my son because he has a lot of trouble getting by and I think all parents should do the same to support their kids, because next generations will be in a lot of difficulties", he said.

Macron's government warned that Saturday's "yellow vest" protests in Paris will be hijacked by "radicalized and rebellious" crowds and become the most unsafe yet after three weeks of demonstrations.

Two "Yellow vest" (Gilet Jaune) protesters hug each other during clashes with anti-riot police as part of a demonstration on November 30, 2018, near major European Union buildings in Brussels.

Some of those arrested were carrying hammers, slingshots and rocks.

Government officials are concerned a repeat of last week's violence would weaken the economy and raise doubts about the government's survival.

In addition to the closure of the Eiffel Tower, many shops and museums across Paris, including the Louvre, the Orsay Museum and the Grand Palais, will keep their doors shut on Saturday for safety reasons. Christmas markets, national soccer matches and countless other events have been canceled or hurt by the protests.

Shopkeepers and café owners near the Arc de Triomphe used plywood to board up their windows.

"These past three weeks have produced a monster that its creators no longer control", Interior Minister Castaner said on Friday, vowing "zero tolerance" toward those aiming to wreak further destruction.

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"I ask the yellow vests that want to bring about a peaceful message to not go with the violent people".

A spokesman from the movement, Christophe Chalencon, said Philippe had "listened to us and promised to take our demands to the president".

"We can not take the risk when we know the threat", Culture Minister Franck Riester told RTL radio, according to Reuters.

Thirty-two people have been remanded in custody.

On Saturday, armored vehicles rolled through cobblestone streets in the French capital; it is the first time in years that police resorted to that tactic to handle protests, NPR's Jake Cigainero reported. Some could be held in the city center on what is a major Christmas shopping weekend.

Foreign governments are watching developments closely in one of the world's most visited cities.

French President Emmanuel Macron agreed late Wednesday to abandon the fuel tax hike that triggered the movement, but their anger at his government has not abated.

But the yellow vests, many of whom who have become increasingly radicalised, are holding out for more.

Arguing that such a move was necessary in order to boost investment and create jobs, the former investment banker has so far ruled out reimposing the "fortune tax".

But the policy, along with hikes on pensioners' taxes, cuts in housing allowances and a string of comments deemed insensitive to ordinary workers, has led critics to label him a "president of the rich".

On boulevard Poissonniere and boulevard Haussmann, some tried to erect barricades, using urban furniture and stones from the pavement, and defying police forces.

The climbdown on higher fuel taxes - which were meant to help France transition to a greener economy - marked a major departure for the centrist president.