Police

Policeman killed, two others wounded in Champs-Elysées shootings

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At least one police officer was killed and two others wounded when a gunman, who was subsequently shot dead in return fire, attacked a police vehicle on the popular Champs-Elysées avenue in central Paris using what the interior ministry described as an 'automatic weapon'.

Police 'blunders' under spotlight again after Chinese man shot in Paris home

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Two investigations have been opened after a 56-year-old Chinese national was shot dead by a police officer after an altercation at his home in Paris. The death of father-of-five Shaoyo Liu in the 19th arrondissement sparked protests in the French capital and an diplomatic intervention from Beijing as family members disputed the official version of events that led to the shooting. As Michaël Hajdenberg reports, the case also highlights how rare it is for police officers who kill citizens to be held in custody even when there are suspicions that they committed a grave mistake.

Paris clashes after French police kill Chinese man

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China has formally complained and called on France to protect its nationals after 56-year-old Liu Shaoyo was shot dead on Sunday night.

French police sniper shoots two in error at Hollande speech

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President was inaugurating a new stretch of railway in western France when gunfire was heard and a waiter and a worker were slightly wounded.

The meagre means of France's anti-corruption agencies

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The extent of political and financial corruption in France has been highlighted by the scandal-plagued French presidential elections, with two of the frontrunning candidates, conservative nominee François Fillon and the far-right challenger Marine Le Pen, engulfed in graft accusations. Following the case of Jérôme Cahuzac, the socialist budget minister tax-fraud tsar who, Mediapart revealed, held a secret foreign bank account over two decades, several new anti-corruption agencies were created to fight a seemingly endemic problem. But, in a series of interviews with Mediapart, investigators and magistrates denounce a dire and crippling lack of resources.

Demonstrators torch vehicles in Paris 'police violence' protest

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Protests are over assault of young black man who was allegedly anally raped with a baton during his arrest in Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.

Protests spread across Paris over alleged police rape

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Police arrested a dozen people on a fourth night of clashes with youths on housing estates north of Paris, amid fury over the violent arrest.

Police accused of 'inhumane' treatment to Paris migrants

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As winter bites in the French capital, three humanitarian associations allege the police have been harassing migrants on the streets of Paris and in some cases tear-gassing them as they queue at the refugee centre. And following the destruction of the so-called Jungle migrant camp in Calais, a local association says remaining migrants there are also suffering harassment. Carine Fouteau interviewed Corinne Torre of Médecins Sans Frontières to find out more.

Islamic extremists 'infiltrating ranks of French police'

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A book claims 16 police officers have joined IS and that a dozen former French soldiers have joined jihadist groups in both Iraq and Syria.

French police site and theme park among terror suspects' targets

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Information about potential targets came from one of five people still in custody after weekend police raids in Marseille and Strasbourg.

French police thwart possible terror plot

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Seven people in Strasbourg and Marseille have been arrested over what the French interior minister called a new potential attack.

French government makes concessions after latest police protest

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After National Assembly protest, ministers promise extra €250 million to fund police and a review of officers’ rights to defend themselves.

Deep French police malaise boils over with continuing street protests

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Angry French police officers on Saturday held a sixth day of national demonstrations in protest over dilapidated and inadequate equipment, undermanning, recurrent attacks on officers, and what they describe as the leniency of sentencing judges, all in a context of the exceptional demands placed on them for anti-terrorism operations. The movement, which has wrongfooted the government and taken even police union officials by surprise, was prompted by a horrific petrol-bomb attack on several officers earlier this month in a Paris suburb. President François Hollande has now announced he will meet with representatives of the officers next week. As Loup Espargilière reports, the angry protests illustrate a deep disquiet across the ranks which has now become a political hot potato ahead of next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

French police protests grow in flash demonstrations around France

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French President François Hollande said Friday he will meet with police officers' representatives on Monday after dozens of street protests by officers increased around the country this week, sparked buy a horrific firebomb attack earlier this month on a police patrol car, demanding more personnel and material means amid the increased pressure of anti-terrorism operations.

French police protests against violent attacks continue

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Police officers angry at increasing attacks against them - the latest in the form of Molotov cocktails thrown into a patrol car, leaving a policewoman badly burned and her male colleague in a critical condition - have held fresh demonstrations in which they cprotested against under-staffing and inadequate equipment.