The Latest: French protesters, police clash in Paris

A police officer aims a flash ball gun during clashes with yellow vest protesters on the famed Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Saturday, Jan.

A police officer aims a flash ball gun during clashes with yellow vest protesters on the famed Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Saturday, Jan.

Volunteer first responders tend to a yellow vest protester during clashes on the famed Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

Volunteer first responders tend to a yellow vest protester during clashes on the famed Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

A protester hit by a flash-ball is treated during a yellow vest demonstration in Bourges, central France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Paris brought in ar

A protester hit by a flash-ball is treated during a yellow vest demonstration in Bourges, central France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Paris brought in ar

French police, one wearing a ribbon in the colors of the French flag, block a demonstration of yellow vest protestors in Bourges, central France, Satu

French police, one wearing a ribbon in the colors of the French flag, block a demonstration of yellow vest protestors in Bourges, central France, Satu

Yellow vest protesters demonstrate peacefully in downtown Marseille, southern France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Authorities deployed 80,000 security fo

Yellow vest protesters demonstrate peacefully in downtown Marseille, southern France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Authorities deployed 80,000 security fo

Yellow vest protestors wave the French flag during demonstration in Bourges, central France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Paris brought in armored vehicle

Yellow vest protestors wave the French flag during demonstration in Bourges, central France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Paris brought in armored vehicle

A yellow vest protester demonstrates peacefully in downtown Marseille, southern France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Authorities deployed 80,000 security

A yellow vest protester demonstrates peacefully in downtown Marseille, southern France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Authorities deployed 80,000 security

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French yellow vest protests (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

Repeated scuffles broke out between French anti-government protesters and police near the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.

Security forces used tear gas and a water cannon to push back some protesters who were throwing rocks and other objects at them.

Paris police say at least 53 people were arrested before and during the protest in the French capital. They have also arrested some protesters during scuffles near the Arc de Triomphe.

Police armored vehicles have been set up near the monument to help prevent protesters from getting to the nearby Champs-Elysees. A car ban was established on the famous avenue.

Saturday's actions came on a ninth weekend of yellow vest demonstrations to denounce President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies that protesters consider as favoring the rich.

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8 a.m.

The central French city of Bourges is shuttering shops to brace for possible violence between police and yellow vest protesters, as the nationwide movement seeks a new stage for its weekly demonstrations.

Paris, too, is hunkering down for a ninth weekend of anti-government protests Saturday. France's government has deployed 80,000 security forces for the day, and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner threatened tough retaliation against violence.

Online groups mounted calls through the week for mass protests in Bourges, but Paris police said they wouldn't let down their guard, notably around government buildings and the Champs-Elysees, scene of repeated rioting in past protests.

The protest movement waned over the holidays but appears to be resurging, despite concessions by President Emmanuel Macron. Protesters want deeper changes to France's economy and politics.