French officials on Tuesday condemned a fundraising drive that brought in more than 100,000 euros (over $114,600) for a former boxer filmed punching police officers during the latest "yellow vest" anti-government protests in Paris over the weekend.

Christophe Dettinger, known as "The Gypsy From Massy" during his days in the ring, turned himself in to police on Monday after videos emerged of him assaulting shield-carrying officers during the demonstrations on Saturday.

In a video that has gone viral since being posted on YouTube on Sunday, he described himself as an "ordinary citizen" acting out of anger at what he called the repressive tactics of the police.

Al Jazeera's Sara Khairat reports.

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