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sitigeltfel
24th Oct 2016, 14:58
Over the past week or so, elements of the French Police have staged demonstrations against poor working conditions, enforced overtime and lack of support from politicians. It is mostly the Police Nationale with some of the Police Municipale taking part in protests where they will gather, in and out of uniform, at focal points in the major cities.
Paris has seen hundreds of them marching from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe and in Marseille they have been gathering at the harbour. This is usually accompanied by sirens blaring and blue lights flashing.
Smaller protests have been taking place in other parts of the country.
All this is highly irregular and illegal, but the authorities faced with growing disenchantment say they will heed the complaints which are mostly to do with the extra pressure put on Police by the terrorist attacks and heightened security level.
There seems to be a lot of support from the general population and time will tell if they get the backing they are looking for.

Wyler
24th Oct 2016, 15:10
Strikes in France...Shock, horror.

Nothing to see here, move along please...

sitigeltfel
24th Oct 2016, 15:31
Strikes in France...Shock, horror.

Nothing to see here, move along please...

They are not on strike.

wiggy
24th Oct 2016, 15:44
Sitigeltfel

I think our lot in the local town were having a march last night, though they are under nothing like the pressure the boys and girls up north have been.

I think this was the horrific incident that tipped them over the edge...French police officers set on FIRE with petrol bombs during a patrol near Paris | Daily Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3829197/Four-French-police-officers-set-FIRE-thugs-pelt-car-petrol-bombs-patrol-near-Paris.html)

And I agree, they are protesting but are not on strike.

Hussar 54
24th Oct 2016, 17:04
I was talking to one of our Police Municipale in the market last month whilst Frau H and The Daughter were looking for whatever....

The job seems to consist of being a combined Parking Controller / Market Security and Stallholder Rent Collector / Tourist Meet & Greet Helper.....And not a whole lot more, really...

Nice work if you can get it and absolutely no way any of these guys in our town will rock any part of any boat whatever the more genuine and serious problems of the 'real' police....

vapilot2004
24th Oct 2016, 18:14
French Police are revolting


Adverb or verb?

Over the past week or so, elements of the French Police have staged demonstrations

Ah. All cleared up now. Hollande is scheduled to talk to the Police Union apparently.

wiggy
24th Oct 2016, 18:22
The job seems to consist of being a combined Parking Controller / Market Security and Stallholder Rent Collector / Tourist Meet & Greet Helper.....And not a whole lot more, really...

I guess it depends where they are based/working. Your description ties in with what our local lot do in our rural area, most of the time, though they do get involved in a bit of rough and tumble some Saturday nights..... OTOH those working in the major cities are much more exposed to real trouble makers, as witnessed by the fire bombing.

I rather doubt the yobs that did that would have tried the same on Gendarmes or the CRS..... (which one the points I think the police are making).

GrumpyOldFart
25th Oct 2016, 03:37
VAP:

Adverb or verb?

Erm... adjective, perchance? [/pedant]

:)

vapilot2004
25th Oct 2016, 03:42
Perchance, yes GoF. While my grammar vernacular can get a bit fuzzy these days, I was going for the cheap joke and just liked the sound of it. :ok:

sidevalve
25th Oct 2016, 16:54
The police are also not best pleased with the Magistrates (http://about-france.com/french-legal-system.htm).. who are politicised to a degree unknown in the UK. The police don't believe that sentencing fits the crime in many cases. There was also this episode that outraged many politicians and public figures from the right. ("Le mur des cons (https://www.thelocal.fr/20130425/judges-wall-of-idiots-causes-uproar-in-france)")
Here's (http://laab.freeboxos.fr:8888/en/journal/france/071014/sarkozy-faces-new-probe-over-illegal-payment-election-fine?_locale=en&onglet=full) a further example of the Left-leaning French judiciary.. Compare and contrast the punitive fine imposed on Sarkozy personally with the fine (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/25/labour-fined-20000-for-undeclared-election-spending-including-for-ed-stone) imposed on the Labour Party for a similar 'transgression' (undeclared election spending).