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December 21, 2018

French police will be given pay rises after the Blue Vests joined the Yellow Vest anti-government movement


Riot police officers block police officers as they take part in a rally to protest their working condition at the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris

French police will be given pay rises after their so-called Blue Vest protests followed the Yellow Vest anti-government movement.

The accord was announced by unions last night, after two days of talks with President Emmanuel Macron’s government and a strike which saw police stations close down except for emergency duties.

Police have complained of exhausting hours of patrols and chronic under-investment in equipment which have stretched departments to breaking point.

A group of police officers organized plans on social networks for a Thursday night demonstration in front of a station on Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue. At that spot, police and gendarmes have confronted protesters with tear gas, water cannons and armored vehicles on multiple Saturdays since last month.

About 80 people wearing police arm bands, some emergency workers and others gathered for the peaceful demonstration to show they are still angry. Some sported yellow vests in solidarity with the anti-government protesters.

A French police officer holds a flare as they protest against their working conditions on the Champs Elysees in Paris

A French police officer holds a flare as part of the ‘GyroBleus’ movement (a pun with the Gilets Jaunes – Yellow Vests’ movement)


From → World Watch

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