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French government pledges €250 million extra funding for French police


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French government pledges €250 million extra funding for French police

Faced with the growing anger of French police, the government has met with unions in Paris in an effort to defuse tensions.

Spontaneous protests by officers have sprung up in the last week over a lack of resources, an ever-increasing workload and a lack of up-to-date equipment to protect them from attack.

One police woman at the protest said she was there to ‘tell the government we’re unhappy with the current situation’ saying the , the police are suffering from ‘a lack of consideration, means and workforce’, she added ‘we can’t go on like this’.

Earlier this month a petrol-bomb attack on four police officers near Paris left two officers severely wounded, further fuelling discontent.

Following the meeting with the unions, the Interior Minister pledged 250 million euros would be set aside for new equipment, as well as a raft of measures to help protect officers, which will be presented to parliament by the end of November.

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