On the eve of a demonstration, "yellow vest" representatives advise against demonstrating in Paris where museums, monuments, big shops and many metro stations will be closed.
Blue armoured vehicles rumbled across cobblestone streets from the Arc de Triomphe across toward eastern Paris as scattered demonstrations spread around the city.
The protesters gathered in two districts of the city - Arts Lois and Porte de Namur - but there were no incidents of violence.
Other pictures show rioters with their eyes streaming after tear gas was unleashed on the protesters. Angry protesters on Saturday tried to rip the boards off.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said he expected "only a few thousand people" to descend on Paris after the 8,000 protesters counted last weekend, "but among them are ultraviolent individuals".
In a television address on Saturday evening, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the "casseurs" (troublemakers) were still at work.
The Eiffel Tower and Louvre are shut along with hundreds of stores and businesses. "People have well understood that if they want to demonstrate peacefully, they have to submit to these checks", she said.
Yet many demonstrators have broadened their range of grievances in recent weeks to include high living costs and the economic reforms of French President Emmanuel Macron, seen to benefit business.
Major security measures in place ahead of fresh "yellow vest" protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a second weekend in a row.
Police frisked people or searched bags throughout central Paris, and confiscated gas masks and protective goggles from AP journalists. Some in Belgium appeared intent only on confronting police.
Amid skirmishes between the riot police and violent protesters known as "casseurs", or "breakers", which led to more than 700 arrests, there were also calls for non-violence, demands for taxes to be halved and social spending to be doubled, anti-vaccine activists, snatched selfies and eloquently simple slogans scrawled on vests, like one woman who just wrote, "I'm under pressure".
Many members of the protest movement are calling for calm, and some struck a conciliatory tone after meeting the prime minister on Friday night in a last-minute bid to cool tempers, but that did not deter many people from trying to march on the presidential palace on Saturday. Paris police headquarters counted 71 injuries in the capital, seven of them police officers.
Toughening security tactics, French authorities deployed 8,000 security officers in the capital alone, among the 89,000 who fanned out around the country.
People wearing Yellow Vests clash with police forces. The leaderless group is united primarily in its sense that Macron and his government are out of touch.
"We're asking him to meet us to negotiate on spending power, which is what underpins all this anger", Cauchy told AFP. "Me, I'm not here to break things because I have four children so I am going to try to be safe for them because they are afraid", protester Myriam Diaz told the Associated Press. "But I still want to be here to say 'Stop, that's enough'".
Cyril, a 25-year-old garbage truck driver, came from Normandy with three other demonstrators to Paris.
Four people have died in accidents since the unrest began November 17 and Christmas markets, national soccer matches and countless cultural events have been canceled due to the protests. Christmas markets, national soccer matches and countless other events have been canceled or hurt by the protests.
It's becoming a familiar sound - and smell: teargas lobbed by riot police against so-called yellow vest protesters.
"Walking behind a banner reading "social winter is coming", the protesters chanted "(French President Emmanuel) Macron, Michel resign". People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. He said the demonstrations illustrate why he didn't sign the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.