Police

French interior minister refuses to resign over dam protestor's death

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A police grenade is suspected of killing Remi Fraisse, 21, during clashes between police and opponents of a dam project in SW France.

French police join protests near Calais - demanding more police for migrants

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Officers say there are not enough of them to cope with the large number of migrants crossing the area in the hope of reaching Britain.

Drunk French magistrate arrested for attacking police

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The 48 year-old allegedly flew into a rage after a patrol car refused his order to drive him home, then attacked officers at a police station.

'I'm only in the dock because I'm a Muslim'

France

The arrest and conviction of protesters following pro-Palestinian and pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris have led to accusations of judicial double standards. Critics claim that young non-white Muslims have been singled out for punishment by the police and courts. Here Mediapart highlights the case of a young man called Mohamed who was convicted after intervening when his younger brother was stopped by police officers following a pro-Gaza protest on July 13th. Though his sentence was reduced on appeal, Mohamed still insists he did nothing wrong and says he was only arrested because he is a Muslim who supports the Palestinian cause. Thomas Saint-Cricq reports.

Paris policeman jailed over cocaine theft

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The drugs squad officer has been formerly placed under investigation on suspicion of stealing more than 50 kgs of seized drug stash.

French policeman seized in massive cocaine hunt

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The unnamed officer, 34, was picked up while on holiday in the southern city of Perpignan by officers probing theft of €3m drugs haul.

€2.5 million in cocaine ‘disappears’ from Paris police HQ

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The 50 kg of cocaine, seized in police raids in northern Paris in early July, had been stored in a special room secured with an armoured door.

French police 'lose' explosives at Marseille airport

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Sniffer dogs failed to find explosives during a training exercise and then gendarmes apparently forgot where they had hidden them.

French police make fresh move on Calais migrants

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Officers clear makeshift camp housing some 500 migrants at a food distribution point close to the French port where they had been squatting. 

French police arrest 6 suspected Syria jihadists

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French interior minister says the six arrested in Strasbourg are suspected of participating in a jihadist network, and recently traveled to Syria.

Chinese police to help patrol Paris tourist destinations

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Move reflects French concern over rising number of muggings aimed at Chinese tourists, of whom a million visit France each year.

Video shows French police 'stealing' a Roma family's mattress

France

A video obtained by Mediapart shows three police officers removing a mattress from members of a Roma family who are living rough on a Paris street. The incident passed off without incident or even raised voices, either from the family or the officers. Indeed, the episode happened so quickly and so calmly that many passers-by walked on with barely a second glance. But as Carine Fouteau reports, with no clear legitimate reason to take the mattress, the officers are perilously close to being guilty of theft. The incident, which took place at a time when the police in a nearby district were being instructed to “evict” Roma people “systematically”, highlights what some call the regular “harassment” endured by such families.

Paris police officers placed under investigation for raping Canadian tourist

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Two of four detectives arrested for gang rape were placed under investigation by a judge for allegedly raping the 34 year-old last week.

Paris police officers arrested over gang-rape allegation by Canadian tourist

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A 34-year-old woman from Toronto who said her father was a Canadian policeman said she was gang-raped by four elite French police officers.

Paris police memo calling for Roma eviction ‘rectified’

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Original memo caused row after it said Roma families needed to be 'evicted' from well-heeled district of French capital.