Police barricaded entrances to the Arc de Triomphe and other landmarks.
The roadblocks didn't slow the protesters who set fires in the soaked streets and formed human barricades against officers.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Twitter that while 200 people were protesting peacefully, 1,500 others outside the perimeter were causing more serious disruptions. Paris police said at least 20 people were injured, including six officers, and more than 120 people were arrested.
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The movement has been organized largely over social media. Analysts have told NBC News it's likely being propelled by the disenfranchised middle class.
Several recent incidents have turned violent, prompting Castaner to assign 4,000 officers to secure the capital this weekend.
According to the city's police, 69 people were arrested last weekend and two dozen were injured when 8,000 protesters defied government orders by marching down the Champs-Elysee. The incidents resulted in over $1.1 million in damages, according to Paris Deputy Mayor Colombe Brossel.
Macron responded to last week's violent march by denouncing "those who attacked the forces of order."