• Short Summary

    SINCE THE VIOLENT PARIS STREET-FIGHTING IN MAY, 1968, FRENCH SECURITY FORCES HAVE BEEN IMPROVING THEIR METHODS OF RIOT-CONTROL -- OFTEN TRAINING UNDER EXTREMELY REALISTIC CONDITIONS.

  • Description

    SINCE THE VIOLENT PARIS STREET-FIGHTING IN MAY, 1968, FRENCH SECURITY FORCES HAVE BEEN IMPROVING THEIR METHODS OF RIOT-CONTROL -- OFTEN TRAINING UNDER EXTREMELY REALISTIC CONDITIONS. CONTINGENTS OF THE MUNICIPAL POLICE AND THE REPUBLICAN SECURITY COMPANIES (C.R.S.) WERE RECENTLY FILMED DURING TRAINING AT HEADQUARTERS NOT FAR FROM PARIS.

    UNDERGOING TRAINING ARE THE NEW BRIGADES OF THE MUNICIPAL POLICE, SPECIALLY FORMED AND EQUIPPED TO TACKLE DISORDERS IN THE FRENCH CAPITAL - AND TO TACKLE THEM WITHOUT EXCESSIVE POLICE VIOLENCE WHICH AROUSED CONDEMNATION DURING THE MAY RIOTS.

    WEARING VIZORED HELMETS, AND CARRYING BATOS, SHIELDS AND RIFLES FIRING TEAR-GAS GRENADES, THE SECURITY FORCES ARE BACKED BY LORRIES WITH BULLDOZER ATTACHMENTS DESIGNED TO PLOUGH THROUGH STREET BARRICADES.

    OPPOSING THEM DURING "RIOTS" SPECIALLY STAGED FOR TRAINING ARE DOZENS OF "DEMONSTRATORS", HURLING ROCKS AND CARRYING PLACARDS PROCLAIMING ANARCHY AND DISORDER.

    ONE FEATURE OF THE NEW RIOT-CONTROL TECHNIQUES IS AN ATTEMPT TO KEEP PHYSICAL CONTACT TO A MINIMUM. POLICE FIRE TEAR-GAS GRENADES FROM BEHIND PORTABLE WIRE-MESH BARRIERS. ONCE THE POLICE MOVE INTO THE BODY OF THE RIOTERS, EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON THE RAPID AND RELATIVELY PAINLESS OVERPOWERING OF INDIVIDUALS BY THE USE OF ARM-HOLDS.

    TRAINING ALONGSIDE THE POLICE IN ARMS DRILL AND BATON TECHNIQUES ARE MEMBERS OF THE C.R.S. -- THE GENERAL RESERVE FORCE, WHICH, LIKE THE MUNICIPAL POLICE, IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE TO THE FRENCH SURETE NATIONALE.

    CELEBRATING THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS FORMATION AT THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER, THE C.R.S. TACKLES EVERYTHING FROM SUPERVISING YOUNG SWIMMERS TO FORMING MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAMS.

    THE C.R.S. HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN QUELLING RIOTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS, INCLUDING PAST UNREST IN AGRICULTURE AND OVER THE FRENCH COMMITMENT IN ALGERIA.

    ONE COMPANY OF 185 MEN, WAS FILMED DURING MANOEUVRES AND TRAINING AT VELIZY, NEAR VERSAILLES.

    THE SECURITY AUTHORITIES ARE AWARE THAT THE NEW STREAMLINING OF TECHNIQUES FOR PUTTING DOW CIVIL UNREST WILL NOT NECESSARILY IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE PEOPLE. LAST YEAR, A NEW INFORMATION SERVICE WAS LAUNCHED IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE POLICE IMAGE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA23YPN4JJ5JJ13GNBOYZ6MLDOV
    Media URN:
    VLVA23YPN4JJ5JJ13GNBOYZ6MLDOV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:06:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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