The Latest: France's Macron meets with riot police

The Latest: France's Macron meets with riot police
School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (Thibault Camus)

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the protests in France (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron has met with anti-riot security officers who will be deployed Saturday in Paris as authorities fear new riots in the French capital.

Macron made the unannounced visit Friday night, without the press, to a fort used as military housing in Nogent-sur-Marne, east of Paris.

The president's office said he met for one hour with about 60 officers who had been involved in last weekend's security efforts in Paris as the city experienced the worst protest riot in decades.

School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (AP)

Macron encouraged the officers and thanked them for their work.

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6:15 p.m.

School children rest as they demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
School children rest as they demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (AP)

A French government spokesman says members of the "yellow vest" movement will meet the prime minister on the eve of anti-government protests that authorities fear could turn violent.

Benjamin Griveaux says Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will listen to the protesters' "questions" and "demands" Friday evening.

Griveaux says, "Our message is that we are listening to them."

School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (AP)

Benjamin Cauchy, a member of the "yellow vest" movement, confirmed on BFM television that he and other members will attend the meeting.

Last week, a planned meeting between Philippe and representatives of the movement collapsed amid threats from some demonstrators and after a request to broadcast the talks live was rejected.

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School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (AP)

5:40 p.m.

The U.S. Embassy in Paris is again warning American citizens about the possibility of violence during renewed anti-government demonstrations expected Saturday in the French capital and elsewhere.

As it did last weekend and the weekend before that, the embassy is advising people to avoid the demonstrations. The advisory note warns that protests may once again become violent and that police may again respond with water cannons and tear gas.

School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (AP)

The embassy note was dated Thursday.

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2:15 p.m.

School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (AP)

The European handball federation has postponed two women's European championship matches scheduled in France's western city of Nantes because of Saturday's anti-government protests.

Tournament organizers and the European federation say the Sweden vs. France and Serbia vs. Russia group games have been rescheduled to Sunday "due to planned demonstrations."

The wave of protests has been playing havoc with the weekend's sporting schedule. Six topflight soccer matches have also been postponed.

School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (AP)

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1 p.m.

Unions representing French truckers have called off strike action following "a constructive meeting" with Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne.

A worker screws a wooden plank to protect a shop windows on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Paris. Many shop owners across the French capital are getting ready for the violence, setting up walls with carton boards to protect their windows. The Arc de Triomphe is seen in background. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A worker screws a wooden plank to protect a shop windows on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Paris. Many shop owners across the French capital are getting ready for the violence, setting up walls with carton boards to protect their windows. The Arc de Triomphe is seen in background. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) (AP)

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."

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School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (AP)

11:25 a.m.

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.

A bin is burning as school children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A bin is burning as school children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (AP)

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.

School children demonstrate in Bayonne, southwestern France, Friday Dec. 7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. On the placards reads "Macron departure" "we are the future but we are treated like garbage" and "we will not give up". (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
School children demonstrate in Bayonne, southwestern France, Friday Dec. 7, 2018. Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend. On the placards reads "Macron departure" "we are the future but we are treated like garbage" and "we will not give up". (AP Photo/Bob Edme) (AP)

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."

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A worker cleans a graffiti reading "long term unrest" near the Champs-Elysees avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Paris. France was mobilizing tens of thousands of police officers and closing landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre as authorities warned that anti-government protests on Saturday could be even more violent than the ones that have crippled the country for weeks. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A worker cleans a graffiti reading "long term unrest" near the Champs-Elysees avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Paris. France was mobilizing tens of thousands of police officers and closing landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre as authorities warned that anti-government protests on Saturday could be even more violent than the ones that have crippled the country for weeks. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) (AP)

9:35 a.m.

Drastic security measures will put a lockdown on downtown Paris on Saturday as French authorities try to prevent another outbreak of violence during anti-government protests.

In addition to the 8,000 police forces that will be deployed in the French capital city, the Paris police prefect has identified 14 high-risk sectors that will be cleared out.

Yellow vests hang on the rooftop of an apartment building Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Marseille, southern France. Across the country, France is mobilizing some 89,000 police, up from 65,000 last weekend when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 arrested as protests degenerated into the worst street violence to hit Paris in decades. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Yellow vests hang on the rooftop of an apartment building Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Marseille, southern France. Across the country, France is mobilizing some 89,000 police, up from 65,000 last weekend when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 arrested as protests degenerated into the worst street violence to hit Paris in decades. (AP Photo/Claude Paris) (AP)

Fearing protesters could target street furniture or construction sites, Paris police will remove all the glass containers, railings and building machines set up in the identified sectors which include the Champs-Elysees avenue.

Across the country some 89,000 police will be mobilized, up from 65,000 last weekend, when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 were arrested in the worst street violence seen in the country in decades.