Watchman Kim Willsher is on the Place de la République in the center of Paris, where everything seems relatively calm:
In the late afternoon several cars were set on fire, mainly in the prosperous 16th and 17th arrondissement. The police continue to play cat and mouse with small groups of violent demonstrators in the 3rd district, not far from the Pompidou center.
The general level of damage in the center of Paris is much lower than last Saturday, French media reports. According to the police since Saturday morning in Paris 615 people stopped and questioned and 508 arrested.
Several people were injured in Toulouse, reports Le Monde. In Lyon, tensions are increasing:
And Angelique Chrisafis talks to an elderly Marais resident who is relieved not to be "bad":
Experienced Parisian reporter and occasional Guardian pollster John Lichfield is on the way as things on Avenue Marceau degenerate. He notes a change from last week's demonstrations:
The Paris police have reported that on Saturday at the Gilets-Jaunes protests 30 people were injured, including three policemen.
The statement did not say how severe the injuries were.
The tensions on the central Grands Boulevards and the Rue Réaumur are still high, reports Le Parisien.
According to BFMTV, in the third arrondissement of the capital, police have filed a cavalry charge against a small group of violent rioters.
The French Interior Ministry denies the rumor that police officers are demonstrators, and calls on people to look for false news.
The Gilets-Jaunes movement is fueled in part by conspiracy theories and false news in social media, including the widespread claim that President Emmanuel Macron has abolished France's constitution or plans to sell France to the United Nations, the World Bank or other international organizations, millions to be taken over by migrants France.
The reports were viewed several million times.
A reminder that while many tourist attractions (the Eiffel Tower), museums (the Louvre) and large department stores had to be closed today, life in much of Paris off the main roads is quite normal:
In the 17th arrondissement, the Le Monde reporter saw a group of young men wearing yellow safety vests, scooters tipped over and set on fire. Disgusting, peaceful Gilets protesters tried to stop them:
Angelique Chrisafis talked to gilet's jaunes demonstrators fleeing tear gas on their way back from Paris:
As part of the stringent security measures designed to prevent a recurrence of riots last week, some demonstrators in the Gilets Jaunes province were prevented from boarding trains to Paris.
A national police spokesman said that officials at stations around the country were stationed and ordered to check all passengers and stop equipment that was used to cause "personal injury or property damage".
The protests of the "yellow vest" spread over France. The Belgian police fired tear gas and water cannons at rock-throwing demonstrators near government offices and parliament, the Associated Press reports.
About 400 protesters have smashed street signs. sang slogans calling for prime minister Charles Michel to resign, throwing paving stones, firecrackers, torches, and other items at the police.
About 100 were arrested, a police spokeswoman said. In the Netherlands, about 100 demonstrators gathered in front of the Dutch parliament in The Hague for a peaceful demonstration. At least two demonstrators were arrested in the center of Amsterdam.
Donald Trump had this to say about the recent Gilets protest protests (originally stemming from resistance to an increase in diesel tax):
(I do not think many people on the streets of Paris sing "We want Trump.")
If the Champs Elysées remain relatively quiet, the unrest spreads in other parts of Paris.
According to BFMTV, police and gendarmes on the Boulevard Haussmann and the Grande Boulevards in downtown Paris have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse demonstrators who tried to build barricades with bus stops and benches.
Near République, a barricade was set on fire.
The Boulevard Haussmann and the Grand Boulevards are close to the most famous department stores in Paris, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, both closed on a busy day just before Christmas.
Of course there are also protests in many cities outside of Paris.
In Lyon Gilets Jaunes joined a separate climate march, which included a total of 7,000 demonstrators. Further marches begin in Bordeaux and Nantes.
In Toulouse, the correspondent of Le Monde reports that around 300 protesters gathered in front of a planned protest march and sing the French national anthem:
More numbers, this time from the Ministry of Interior:
At 13:00 local time on Saturday, 31,000 Gilets Jaunes protesters had been recorded across France, compared to 36,000 at the same time last weekend.
The police had arrested and questioned a total of 700 people, including 575 in Paris.