LIVE UPDATES: France in crisis as country braces for more violence

Tensions were high in France on Friday as authorities and the public prepare for tomorrow's day of protests, with violence expected in Paris and other cities. Follow our live updates on a crisis that grows deeper by the day.

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Latest news on Friday

Companies urged to hike wages by government

The French government appear to have realised this crisis is about far more than fuel taxes. The labour minister Muriel Penicaud held talks with bosses and unions on Friday and suggested that companies take the opportunity to boost workers' wages.

"Everyone can do something, so everyone must do something," she said. But the minister stopped short of using the law to force businesses to boost wages accepting that would warm competitiveness.

Police allowed to carry out extensive ID checks

Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said police in the city have been given the power to carry out stop and search checks at any "sensitive points" in the city in order to try to identify any individuals seeking to cause trouble.

Truckers union calls off strike

At least one conflict appears to have been resolved in the last few hours. One of the two truckers unions who called on lorry drivers to begin a rolling strike on Sunday evening has called off the action after talks held with employers and the government.

The FO union said it had received guarantees that overtime rates would be guaranteed. It's not yet clear whether the CGT union will push on with the strike.

Interior Minister speaks

France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has just given a press conference. He declined to give too many details of the security plan for Saturday in Paris for fearing of tipping off the rioters.

The minister confirmed that the government believes "radical elements" will mobilise on Saturday.

He did confirm the number of police to be deployed: 8,000 in the capital and 89,000 around France. Castaner again pleaded to peaceful gilets jaunes protesters:

"I hear the anger, the government hears the anger. We have made concessions," he said.

11:30 – Live blog

We've decided to launch a live blog to cover the day's news around the yellow vest movement and the planned protests on Saturday. There is a lot going on in France right now and things are changing rapidly. We'll have live updates on everything that you need to know today so please keep checking in with us and refresh the page manually for updates.

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