French President Emmanuel Macron flanked by Elysee general secretary Alexis Kohler, left, holds a meeting at the Elysee presidential Palace, in Paris, March 18, 2019. Macron summoned top security officials after police failed to contain rioting durin
French President Emmanuel Macron flanked by Elysee general secretary Alexis Kohler, left, holds a meeting at the Elysee presidential Palace, in Paris, March 18, 2019. Macron summoned top security officials after police failed to contain rioting durin

France has fired the Paris police chief and threatened to ban demonstrations on the city's Champs-Elysees Monday after a weekend of rioting left stores ransacked and charred.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Monday that Paris' police chief Michel Delpuech, 66, who has been in the position since August 2017, will be replaced after an 18th straight weekend of "yellow vest" protests in the capital turned violent.

A yellow vest protester walks past a fire on Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, March 16, 2019.
France Seeks Answers After Police Failed to Stop Paris Riots
French President Emmanuel Macron summoned top security officials Monday after police failed to contain resurgent rioting during yellow vest protests that transformed a luxurious Paris avenue into a battle scene.The prime minister promised to announce new measures later Monday to avoid a repeat scenario of Saturday’s violence, in which rioters set life-threatening fires, ransacked luxury stores and attacked police around the Champs-Elysees.The new surge in violence came as the 4-month-old yellow vest…

Philippe also announced new security measures following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and top security officials, including a ban on demonstrations on the city's popular Champs-Elysees — a street of high-end shops popular among tourists — if violent groups were seen there.

Some 10,000 yellow vest demonstrators smashed and looted businesses on the iconic Champs Elysees and hurled cobble stones at police, who responded with tear gas and water cannons. Others participated in a peaceful climate march that brought together tens of thousand of people—underscoring the diffuse, unorganized complexity of the leaderless protest movement.

The months of yellow vest protests have slowed Macron's reformist agenda. The protest movement, named after the fluorescent jackets French keep in their cars, has morphed well beyond its initial opposition to a planned fuel tax hike, to embrace a hodgepodge of grievances of a largely rural and working class France left behind.