French police protest against working conditions

Following last week’s shooting in Paris, police officials fill streets to show their displeasure

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

French police officers wearing shirt showing police as targeting as they gather next to the French justice ministry to demand better working conditions in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

French police gathered outside the Ministry of Justice at the Place Vendôme in Paris on Wednesday to protest the lack of resources, rising violence and an ineffective justice system.   

Wednesday’s protests came after a police official was shot in the head and critically injured by a radicalised inmate who had not returned from a prison furlough last week in Seine-Saint-Denis on the northern edge of Paris.

"There's real anger here," police union representative, Gregory Goupi said.

The protests, not only took place in Paris' Chic Place Vendome square, but are also being organised in other parts of the country.

Following the attack against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and Kosher Market, French police officers have been continuing their tasks under strengthening security measures that have pushed them to undertake more responsibility.

It is expected that similar protests will take place throughout France this week. President Francois Hollande promised to meet with police unions next week.  

France's police force has not organised such a large demonstration for years. An estimated 5,000 police officers attended.

TRTWorld and agencies