Michel Delpuech, 66, who has been in the job since April 2017, will be replaced on Wednesday by Didier Lallement, the top police official in the southwest region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
French police chiefs have come under fire for failing to control or prepare for the violence which erupted on the Champs-Elysées on Saturday when black-clad anarchists joined hardened yellow vest protesters looting and pillaging stores
“The strategy for maintaining order was not correctly implemented, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
Philippe also announced a ban on further demos in parts of Paris, Bordeaux and Toulouse, including the area around the Champs-Elysées, if radical protesters, such as anarchists, were seen there.
The PM stressed that the measures were in response to those intent on violence and not ordinary yellow vest demonstrators who have taken to the streets on Saturdays in recent months, but whose numbers have dipped.
“I am not mixing up the rioters (casseurs) with the large majority of yellow vests, who are no longer demonstrating…,” he said.
“All those who are participating in these undeclared demonstrations are complicit. Their only cause is violence.”