Dozens of rowdy football fans fired missiles at police as celebrations over France 's World Cup semi-final win against Belgium turned ugly.
Gendarmes were forced to fire tear gas to disperse the hostile crowd as they threw objects in their direction near Paris' Champs Elysee.
Debris including plastic traffic barriers, metal railings and even a sofa were all placed in the middle of the street after thousands massed near the Arc de Triomphe monument to celebrate the French victory.
A line of riot police and armoured vehicles were mobilised to remove the agitated mob from the area.
Fleeing protesters erected barricades using metal railings to disrupt their advance through the street.