Mobilization of yellow vests: Anne Hidalgo calls for "caution" and "calm"



Unions represented French truckers have called off strike action following “a constructive meeting” with Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne.
Both the CGT and FO unions said their planned rolling strike that was scheduled to start from Sunday is not relevant anymore after the government decided to scrap a cut in overtime rates.
They however warned that “a tough conflict” could start anytime if the government and employers don’t “respect their commitments.”
Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend.
The footage, which has been shared widely on social media, has prompted trade unions and far-left parties to lash out at perceived police brutality.
The images, which were filmed Thursday at Mantes-la-Jolie, showed a group of students on their knees with their hands behind their head.
They are being watched over by armed police officers whose faces are hidden by ski masks. In one of the videos, a police officer can be heard saying: “Here is a class that behaves well.”
Interior minister Christophe Castaner said Friday that 151 people were arrested in the small town, adding that some of them carried weapons. He said none of the students were injured.
Students across France have joined the protests that have escalated over the past few weeks. They oppose an education reform and have clashed with police at many high schools in several French cities.
In an interview with Le Monde newspaper, CGT trade union secretary general Philippe Martinez said “You don’t beat up kids.”

A la veille d'une nouvelle journée de mobilisation des gilets jaunes à Paris, la maire de Paris a appelé au calme.