Police

French riot police to be fitted with body cameras

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French interior minister Christophe Castaner has announced that French police on crowd control operations are to use body cameras to record the circumstances of their use of weapons, notably rubber bullets, following an increasing toll of serious injuries caused by the bullets and stun grenades during the ongoing 'yellow vest' street protests over falling living standards for low- and middle-income earners.

French riot police deploy assault rifles at 'yellow vest' demonstrations

France — Investigation

A document obtained by Mediapart reveals that the national director of France’s CRS riot police ordered the deployment of Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifles during nationwide demonstrations on January 12th by the ‘yellow vest’ movement. The militarisation of policing tactics during the recurrent demonstrations, in protest over falling living standards for low- and middle-income earners, includes an almost systematic use of rubber bullets and stun grenades that have caused numerous serious injuries. Karl Laske reports on the arsenal employed and the dramatic consequences of the escalating violence.

Paris police officers stand trial in tourist 'gang rape' case

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Two police officers from the Paris 'anti-gang' squad went on trial on Monday accused of raping a Canadian tourist at their headquarters in the French capital in 2014, after they met her in a nearby Irish pub.

Rival campaigns set up for French police and detained ex-boxer

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Online campaigns began after former professional boxer handed himself in to police after he was filmed punching officers during protest in Paris.

French government raises stakes on school security after pupil points 'gun' at teacher

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A recent video showing a pupil pointing a pistol – later discovered to be fake - at his teacher in a school in France went viral. The government called an urgent meeting of senior ministers to work out a plan of action to tackle violence in France's schools, amid talk that the police might be asked to patrol in some establishments. Detailed policies are expected to be announced soon. But as Manuel Jardinaud and Faïza Zerouala report, this tough rhetoric, which recalls the days of Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency, has not gone down well with many teachers.

France considers putting police officers in classrooms

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New plans are set to be announced by interior minister Christophe Castaner following a string of violent incidents in country's classrooms.

French police accused of harassing aid workers at Calais

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Charities distributing food to homeless migrants in the French port allege 600 acts of intimidation by officers, including teargassing.

Macron aide scandal: illegally copied CCTV footage given to Élysée ended up on Twitter

France — Investigation

The unfolding scandal prompted by videos of the vicious assault of a man during May Day disturbances by President Emmanuel Macron’s private security aide Alexandre Benalla now includes the revelation that confidential police CCTV footage of the events in a Paris square were published on Twitter by supporters of Macron’s party in an attempt to denigrate Benalla’s victim. Screenshots obtained by Mediapart show the images, apparently from a CD copy of the footage given to Benalla by police officers, and which Benalla said he immediately handed to the Élysée Palace, were posted on social media just after Benalla’s thuggish behaviour was revealed by French daily Le Monde – before being removed just hours later.Karl Laske, Pascale Pascariello and Lénaïg Bredoux report.

Oxfam reports French border police 'abuse' of child migrants

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A report published by NGO Oxfam says its interviews with migrant children trying to cross from Italy to France on the Riviera border found complaints of being 'physically and verbally abused, and detained overnight in cells without food, water or blankets and with no access to an official guardian', and also claims that some children had the soles of their shoes cut off before being sent back to Italy.

Sixteen arrested over New Year's Eve mob attack on police

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French police on Tuesday arrested 16 people, including two women,  over their suspected involvement in an attack on two officers attempting to disperse an unauthorised wharehouse party in a Paris suburb last December 31st, when video published on social media showed a policewoman being kicked by a mob after she fell to the ground.

SW France supermarket siege ends: three people and gunman dead

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At least three people were murdered and several others wounded in a series of attacks, described by officials as terrorism, by a lone gunman near Carcassonne, in south-west France, which ended when police shot him dead during a supermarket siege.

Macron sets out counter-terror programme for next five years

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French president's plans include creation of 'daily security' force within police, a plan to combat radicalisation and reforms to asylum procedures.

Video released of French police fatally shooting man fleeing arrest

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An amateur video recording has emerged of police officers shooting at a car driven by an allegedly armed man, who was later found dead, after he refused a summons to step out of his vehicle on a housing estate near the town of Montargis, south of Paris, and who sped off after ramming a police vehicle.

Man shot by French police after 'terror' attack with hammer and knives

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One policeman was lightly injured in the attack outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, during which assailant shouted: "This is for Syria."

Man placed under investigation for helping Champs-Elysée attack

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Judicial sources said a 23-year-old man has been placed under investigation for aiding the gunman who murdered a police officer and wounded two others on the Champs-Elysées avenue last month, after his DNA was found on the weapon used by Karim Cheurfi, who was shot dead by police.