Following Saturday's (20 January) demonstrations, Paris policemen again took to the streets on Monday (22 January).
Following Saturday's (20 January) demonstrations, Paris policemen again took to the streets on Monday (22 January). The policemen were voicing their grievances over working conditions. In a rally near the Police Headquarters, the men renewed their demands for higher pay and more effective methods of dealing with crime.
SYNOPSIS: The Paris police force is particularly worried about acts of violence committed against their men. Last year, thirty-one policemen were killed and one thousand-four-hundred injured. The policemen say they do not want a situation to development in Paris similar to Spain where, they say, police get killed every day. Already this year, over fifteen Paris police officers have been injured on duty.
At a rally outside Notre Dame Cathedral the policemen put forward their demands. These include a parliamentary debate on the problems facing the force, and the adoption of a legal framework to give more protection to policemen. They also demanded that their members of parliament give a firm commitment to the police force, and called for the introduction of a long-term plan, governing recruitment and police equipment. Feelings ran high as they declared that they did not want to become the victims of a crumbling society, a remark made by President Giscard d'Estiang.