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Eleven people were arrested and two police officers injured after a group of about 1,000 people, according to officials, clashed with police after the demonstration, throwing Molotov cocktails and other projectiles and smashing the windows of five banks.
The demonstration was organised by anti-racist groups and left-wing unions and parties.
Smaller protests took place in several other towns and cities, including Montpellier and Toulouse in the south of France.