France proposes €300 bonus to police on duty for Yellow Vest protests

Seeking to soothe police forces demanding improved working conditions, the French government on Tuesday proposed giving 300-euro ($340) bonuses to officers deployed to the aggressive and disruptive protests that started last month. French President Emmanuel Macron committed to the idea of protest duty pay earlier this month. The government's offer came a day after two police unions announced work slowdowns to protest staffing and other budget issues. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner was to meet with police union representatives later Tuesday. It wasn't clear if the proposed premiums would calm the growing anger in police ranks. "We are not for sale and we can't be bought. It's certainly not with this bonus that the crisis will be resolved," said Yves Lefebvre, of the Unite-SG Police FO union. FRANCE 24's Camille Nedelec and François Wibaux have the latest.