Thousands of protesters appeared across France for new "yellow vests" achievements, with dozens of arrests and conflicts in Paris and other cities.
Police in the capital used water cannon and tear gas as scuffles broke out on the arc of the Arc de Triomphe, on the ninth weekend of the protests.
Some 84,000 protesters were registered nationwide, an increase over last week showing official figures.
The nationwide protests were initially initiated by the rising price of fuel. [1
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Thousands of officers were used in Paris, who have previously seen street events and vandalism to deal with the protesters and parts of the city center were blocked by riot police.
Some 8,000 protesters were in the streets – more than in the past two weekends, when the authorities counted over 3,500 people on January 5 and 800 on December 29, according to the Interior Ministry figures.
Some 156 protesters were arrested and from 9:00 pm local time (20:00 GMT), 108 were left in custody, police said.
At nightfall there had been no looting or burning of cars as seen in previous weeks.
There were also thousands of demonstrators in the cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse in southern France as well as Strasbourg in the east and the central city of Bourges, the site of another major rally where more than 6,000 people took to the streets.
Nationwide, 244 people were arrested, of which 201 remain in custody, police said.
Some 80,000 police officers were deployed nationwide to meet the protesters.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said a national debate is due to kick off on January 15 in response to protest weeks of "gilets jaunes" – so called because of the high-grade jackets they wear.
It will be held publicly in city halls across France and on the internet, and will focus on four themes: taxes, green energy, institutional reform and citizenship.