French mayor, minister meet with firemen at deadly Paris blaze

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo meet with firefighters outside an apartment block in the capital’s western 16th arrondissement, where a deadly fire erupted, killing eight people and wounding one more, a fire believed to have been caused by an arsonist. IMAGES

148,000 police on duty in France as ‘yellow vests’ call protests

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announces that 148,000 members of the security forces will be mobilised for New Year’s Eve in France.

125,000 people across France protesting fuel price hikes

More than 2,000 “yellow vest” rallies are being held across France, mobilizing some 124,000 people against fuel price increases, according to France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. He has called on demonstrators to be “cautious” and “vigilant”, as several serious incidents have taken place at road blockades, including a fatality.