A bin is burning as school children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018.
Macron himself, the target of much of the protesters' ire, has been largely invisible in recent days, leaving his prime minister and government to try to negotiate with protesters.
Mr Macron's government had warned that the yellow vest protests had created a "monster" and the Paris actions would be hijacked by "radicalised and rebellious" crowds to become the most unsafe yet after three weeks of demonstrations.
Police said they had already detained some 354 people by Saturday morning ahead of the demonstrations.
The Élysée Palace, seat of President Emmanuel Macron, announced to French media they are expecting "great violence" on Saturday as Yellow Vest protestors have announced "Act IV" of their almost four-week-long protest against the Macron regime that was initially sparked by a rise in fuel taxes, franceinfo reports.
Some top French officials said that description was not far off.
"We have prepared a robust response, ' Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Saturday". "Take care of Paris on Saturday because Paris belongs to all the French people".
Hundreds of military trucks and armored vehicles arrived in the suburbs of Paris on the threshold of a large-scale action from the organizers of the protest, which is planned for this Saturday.
Since becoming president in January 2017, he has pulled the United States out of the worldwide Paris Agreement on attempting to bring down global temperatures, and torn up a raft of environmental protection laws, saying the U.S. economy needs the boost.
Paris police have fired tear gas on a group of yellow-vested protesters trying to march on the French presidential palace and are pushing them back with shields. Those included the world-renowned Champs-Elysees Avenue, which would normally be packed with tourists and shoppers on a Saturday in early December.
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"It's with an huge sadness that we'll see our city partially brought to a halt, but your safety is our priority", said Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
While scattered scuffles broke out Saturday around central Paris, the action seemed less violent overall at midday than at the same time a week ago. More than 70 people were detained.
Authorities also have canceled six French league soccer matches around the country.
President Emmanuel Macron's government has warned that the protests will be hijacked by "radicalised and rebellious" crowds and become the most unsafe yet, after three weeks of demonstrations.
The "yellow vest" movement was named after the safety jackets French motorists are required to keep in their vehicles, which the protesters wear at demonstrations.
The protesters in Paris are demonstrating against a planned fuel cost hike, which the government has since backed away from, and cost of living increases.
The protests are spontaneous and not organised by political parties or unions. In the video police officers are seen wearing the uniform of London's Metropolitan Police and St George's flags are visible. More than 30 people were injured.
The rioting in France has also had an economic impact at the height of the holiday shopping season.
"The troublemakers can only be effective when they disguise themselves as yellow vests".
The operators of landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre and Orsay museums said they would be closed, along with operas, theatres, libraries and major department stores.
"We can not take the risk when we know the threat", Culture Minister Franck Riester told RTL radio, according to Reuters.