Paris cleaned up one of the world’s most glamorous avenues Sunday after rioting by an ultraviolent core in the dwindling yellow vest protest movement angry at President Emmanuel Macron.

Luxury stores, restaurants and banks on the Champs-Elysees assessed damage after they were ransacked or blackened by life-threatening fires, as tourists took pictures, shop owners repaired broken windows, and city workers scrubbed away graffiti.

Images of the damage — including from a bank fire that engulfed a residential building and threatened a mother and child’s life — has shocked France and seems to be further eroding public support for the fizzling four-month-old movement.

Bystanders take snapshots of the burned out terrasse of the famed restaurant Le Fouquet's on the Champs Elysees the day after it was vandalized and set on fire during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
Bystanders take snapshots of the burned out terrasse of the famed restaurant Le Fouquet’s on the Champs Elysees the day after it was vandalized and set on fire during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

“This is disgusting. I used to have support for them, but they have gone too far. A mother and baby nearly died… This isn’t protest — this is criminal,” said Alice Giraud, a 42-year-old musician from Marseille and mother of two, who was inspecting a burnt out kiosk on the Champs-Elysees that still reeked of smoke.

Others blamed the violence on the “thugs,” a hardcore group of ultraviolent yellow vest demonstrators that Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said comprised a mere 1,500 individuals that came into Paris just to smash things up.

“The yellow vest protests are dying… They are basically getting smaller as time goes on, and the thugs are angry about that so they are expressing it in violence,” said Julien, 32-year old a baker from Paris, who wouldn’t give his last name.

Bystanders walks past charred motorcycles on the Champs Elysees, the day after they were set on fire during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
Bystanders walks past charred motorcycles on the Champs Elysees, the day after they were set on fire during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

Some 10,000 people participated in Saturday’s Paris protest, according to France’s Interior Ministry, up from the 3,000 recorded the Saturday before. Around the country, the ministry estimated that it was up from last week — at 32,300, compared with 28,600.

However, it was far from the 250,000 yellow vest demonstrators who protested in December — and a fraction of the 145,000 people who took part in peaceful climate marches Saturday around France, according to the ministry’s figures.

Public support for the movement that sought for economic justice by has been sullied by violence and extremist is dwindling, and its target Macron is resurgent in the polls.

Outside view of a store vandalized and set on fire the day after riots erupted on the Champs Elysees during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
Outside view of a store vandalized and set on fire the day after riots erupted on the Champs Elysees during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

The movement that began Nov. 17 of last year tapped into widespread discontent with high taxes and diminishing living standards in working class provinces — and anger at Macron, seen as too friendly with the rich and powerful and out of touch with French concerns.

But the yellow vest movement has lost support because of protest violence, internal divisions and concessions by Macron’s government. The remaining protesters appear increasingly extreme, even as they sought to revive their movement Saturday by marking the end of a two-month-long national debate called by Macron that protesters say failed to answer their demands.

A defiant Macron promised a crackdown on troublemakers that “want to destroy the republic, at the risk of killing people.”

A worker sets up protection on the smashed windows of a store the day after it was vandalized during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
A worker sets up protection on the smashed windows of a store the day after it was vandalized during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

He met security officials at the crisis center overseeing the police response, after cutting short a weekend ski trip late Saturday night. But he also tweeted that the rioting showed that his government needs to do more to address protesters’ concerns.

The Interior Ministry said Macron has requested that Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Castaner meet Sunday to come up with a response to the violence.

Authorities and some protesters blamed extremists who come to demonstrations with the express goal of attacking police and damaging property. They dress in black, including masks and hoods to make it harder for police to identify them, and often target symbols of capitalism or globalization.

A cyclist rides past the smashed windows of the famed tea salon Laduree on the Champs Elysees the day after it was vandalized during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
A cyclist rides past the smashed windows of the famed tea salon Laduree on the Champs Elysees the day after it was vandalized during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

On the Champs-Elysees, an eerie calm replaced the hours-long chaos of the day before on the street that Parisians call “the most beautiful avenue in the world.”

No police were visible Sunday, and traffic rolled down cobblestones that had been the scene of battles between rioters and police struggling to contain them.

Castaner went to the Champs-Elysees to lay a flower at the plaque commemorating a police officer killed in 2017 by an Islamic extremist that was vandalized by factions of the yellow vest protest.

The inside view of the famed tea salon Laduree pictured through smashed windows the day after it was vandalized during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
The inside view of the famed tea salon Laduree pictured through smashed windows the day after it was vandalized during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

Passers-by lamented the damage to Xavier Jugele’s memorial.

“There’s no more respect.” said Guillaume Catel, 40, who was out shopping. “This man gave his life to protect France and this is the thanks he gets.”

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Workers set up protection on shop windows of the famed Champs Elysees restaurant Fouquet's, the day after it was vandalized and set on fire during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
Workers set up protection on shop windows of the famed Champs Elysees restaurant Fouquet’s, the day after it was vandalized and set on fire during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
Bystanders take snapshots of the smashed windows of the famed tea salon Laduree on the Champs Elysees the day after it was vandalized during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
Bystanders take snapshots of the smashed windows of the famed tea salon Laduree on the Champs Elysees the day after it was vandalized during the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations by the yellow vests, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
Paris famed restaurant Fouquet's burns on the Champs Elysees avenue during a yellow vests demonstration Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Paris famed restaurant Fouquet’s burns on the Champs Elysees avenue during a yellow vests demonstration Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A protester shouts slogans in front of a barricade on fire during a yellow vests demonstration Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A protester shouts slogans in front of a barricade on fire during a yellow vests demonstration Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, presides over an emergency crisis meeting with French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, at the Interior Ministry in Paris , France, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Philippe Petit-Tesson/Pool photo via AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, presides over an emergency crisis meeting with French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, at the Interior Ministry in Paris , France, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Philippe Petit-Tesson/Pool photo via AP)
Riot police officers take position during a yellow vests demonstration on the Champs Elysees avenue Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Riot police officers take position during a yellow vests demonstration on the Champs Elysees avenue Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A news stand burns during a yellow vests demonstration on the Champs Elysees avenue Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A news stand burns during a yellow vests demonstration on the Champs Elysees avenue Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Yellow vests demonstrators invade the Champs Elysees avenue Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. French yellow vest protesters clashed Saturday with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe as they kicked off their 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Yellow vests demonstrators invade the Champs Elysees avenue Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. French yellow vest protesters clashed Saturday with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe as they kicked off their 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A yellow vests protester takes a photograph of the the renamed Champs Elysees avenue as
A yellow vests protester takes a photograph of the the renamed Champs Elysees avenue as “Yellow Vest avenue” during a demonstration Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A protester throws a device on the Louis Vuitton luxury shop on the Champs Elysees avenue, during a yellow vests demonstration Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A protester throws a device on the Louis Vuitton luxury shop on the Champs Elysees avenue, during a yellow vests demonstration Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
French President Emmanuel Macron, center, presides over an emergency crisis meeting with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, and French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner at the Interior Ministry in Paris , France, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Philippe Petit-Tesson/Pool photo via AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron, center, presides over an emergency crisis meeting with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, and French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner at the Interior Ministry in Paris , France, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Philippe Petit-Tesson/Pool photo via AP)