A protest against rising taxes and the high cost of living turned into a riot in the French capital, as activists wearing yellow jackets torched cars, smashed windows, looted stores and tagged the Arc de Triomphe with multi-colored graffiti.
"I will never accept violence", he said. "The culprits of those violent acts don't want change, don't seek improvement, they want chaos". He refused to answer any questions from journalists about the situation in Paris.
While there have already been reports of the rioting continuing in Paris on Sunday morning, the details of Saturday's events are still being tallied, with over 190 fires reported across the city. Some will be brought up for trial as soon as Monday, according to the minister.
Philippe said the violence was "incredibly shocking" during a visit evening to a police barracks on Saturday evening. Authorities are to send another 5,000 across France to other demonstrations.
From Argentina, where local media have widely reported troubles in France, Macron has admitted that the protests at home were a "test (to) the strength of a country, a people, and its government in its ability to keep on its path, without ceding to demagoguery". The violence, he said, had nothing to do with the peaceful expression of legitimate grievances.
The spokesman told CNN at least 92 people had been injured, including 14 police officers, after protesters with the "gilets jaune" or "yellow vest" movement took to the streets to demonstrate against rising gas prices and taxes on polluting forms of transport.
Police fired tear gas and used water cannons to try to push back the protesters who gathered around the Arc de Triomphe. Some demonstrators responded by throwing large rocks.
A group sprayed graffiti on the iconic monument at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, which houses the tomb of the unknown soldier, where 60 leaders on November 11 commemorated the end of World War I. Later in the day, clashes spread throughout the west of the capital, with burning trash and tear gas near the Opera, in the Tuileries Garden, and on the Rue de Rivoli, favorite areas for tourists and visitors to the city.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted her "indignation" and "deep sadness" at the confrontations, saying that violence is "not acceptable".
TRT World's Elena Casas has more details from Paris.
French President Emmanuel Macron held an emergency meeting with senior officials after Paris continued to experience overwhelming unrest this weekend. Many protesters chanted that Macron should resign.
He then returned to Paris to view the Arc de Triomphe and hold emergency meetings with French ministers.
Workmen erected metal barriers and plywood boards on the glass-fronted facades of restaurants and boutiques lining Paris' most famous avenue on Friday.
"We are ready to talk to them everywhere and the door is open to them", Griveaux said. "The troublemakers are a small minority. People work and pay a lot of taxes and we are fed up", Rabah Mendez, a protester who marched peacefully on Saturday in Paris, told PBS. Parts of central Paris that should have been packed with tourists and Christmas shoppers resembled battle zones, as smoke and tear gas hung in the air and debris littered the ground.
Macron also asked Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to meet with the heads of France's major political parties and representatives from the grassroots movement behind the protests.
Demonstrators claim that they've finally had their fill of Macron's overbearing nanny state, and that a recently introduced package of taxes and regulations meant to curb fossil fuel consumption by dramatically increasing the price of gasoline were the last straw in their dissatisfaction with Macron's government.