PARIS, Oct 19 (KUNA) — French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve met Wednesday with unions representing the French Police Force, after protests erupted among their ranks over attacks against officers on duty.
A week ago, four police officers were burned in an attack on their vehicles in a difficult and sometimes violent suburb of Paris.
One officer was very seriously burned after a petrol bomb was thrown into his car and another policewoman and two others were more lightly wounded.
Last weekend, hundreds of police blocked the famous Champs Elysee avenue with blue lights and sirens blaring to protest the growing physical risks they are facing on the job.
On Tuesday evening, protests took place at the Police Headquarters in Evry, outside Paris and the Police Chief was heckled and booed when he tried to talk to the protesters.
Similar protests were also reported by French media in the southern city of Marseille.
French authorities have taken a sympathetic approach to the police complaints, especially as many are overworked because of extra security duty in view of the high terror threat in France.
But Cazeneuve said Wednesday that while he “supports the police” and understands their concerns, he does not approve of the protests which violate the police charter and their obligations.
President Francois Hollande has also issued a message of support for the law enforcement services but it fell short of approving unauthorized public protests.
Meanwhile, police unions called Wednesday for a larger demonstration to underline their grievances. (end)
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