Police Interview

Row as French police accused of 'repressive' use of custody during pension protests

The French government has become embroiled in a dispute with the independent public body responsible for overseeing the rights of people held in custody or prison. That body, the Contrôleur Général des Lieux de Privation de Liberté, inspected custody conditions in nine Paris police stations during the height of the anti-pension reforms demonstration in March. In a subsequent report it has criticised what it calls “serious infringements” of the rights of those being held and the “repressive use” of custody by the police. The interior minister Gérald Darmanin has hit back, claiming the controller general has “exceeded her jurisdiction”, while the Paris police chief said he felt “insulted”. Mediapart's Célia Mebroukine spoke to the controller general, Dominique Simonnot, about the controversy.

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On March 24th and March 25th teams from France's independent public body overseeing the rights of those in custody visited nine police stations in Paris. The aim of the staff from the Contrôleur Général des Lieux de Privation de Liberté was to inspect the way people were being treated while in police custody.

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