France in focus

Reforming the French police: An impossible task?

FRANCE IN FOCUS
FRANCE IN FOCUS © FRANCE 24
By: Nadia CHARBIT | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Sonia BARITELLO | Marion LORY
13 min

The French public's historically strained rapport with law enforcement has reached an all-time low in recent months. This comes after a spate of serious incidents of police brutality and racism, some of which were caught on camera. Simultaneously, the French opposition, media, human rights groups and even the UN cried foul over the government's botched attempt to pass a new law that would have censored video footage of police forces. It's all a far cry from the outpouring of solidarity and gratitude towards the police that France witnessed back in 2015. We take a closer look.