UN condemns French police violence against 'yellow vests'


The United Nations has followed the European Parliament in criticising the policing of some demonstrations staged by 'yellow vest' protestors in France. The UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned what she called the “excessive use of force” used by the police on some occasions. The criticism came after interior minister Christophe Castaner's terse response to opposition MP Loïc Prud’homme after the latter was hit with a baton during a yellow vest protest last Saturday March 2nd in Bordeaux. Carine Fouteau reports.

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Yet another international body has criticised France's policing of the 'yellow vest' protests in recent months. But so far the authorities in Paris appear unmoved by their critics. The first criticism came from the European Parliament which on February 14th 2019 passed a resolution attacking the “disproportionate” use of force by police in France at the demonstrations, which began last November. Now it is the turn of the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights to raise the alarm about the “excessive use of force” against the yellow vest protestors.