The data comes shortly after the statement of Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez who told France 2 broadcaster that 700 people had been detained.
Earlier in the day, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that 481 people had been detained, of whom 211 people had been placed under arrest.
Prior to the official's announcement, the BFMTV reported that 354 people had been detained, and 127 of them had been placed under arrest.
Earlier in the week, the French government stated that it was abandoning the planned tax hike, which triggered demonstrations. However, it has not resulted in protests cancellation.
In late 2017, the French government approved the decision to raise direct tax on diesel fuel, the most popular type in the country. The diesel prices in France have risen by around 23 percent since the beginning of the year, while the gasoline prices have gone up by 15 percent. Prices are set to increase further in January.