The student protests that have brought many French cities to a halt over the last few days appear to be dwindling as many head home for their mid-term break.
Paris and its suburb of Nanterre, along with second city Lyon, have seen ugly clashes between youths and police.
Despite the start of school holidays many students remain hopeful of keeping up the fight.
“There is no doubt fewer people will stay mobilized during the holidays, but after that I think we will be able to rally people and convince them to go back to the streets,” one student said.
“I think all this will fade during the break but anyway it will have to go on, we have to try to reorganise after the holidays,” said another.
In Lyon, some 700 riot police remain on standby in the city centre in case of trouble. The wealthy south eastern city saw some of France’s worst street violence, but so far today no new incidents have been reported.