France: 'Police are not here to clean your shoes' — police protest in Paris

Dozens of police officers protested in Paris on Friday against the new measures imposed by the government in a bid to improve ethics in the police forces after the death of George Floyd in the US. Police officers were seen marching down the Champs-Elysees boulevard, holding banners reading «No police, no peace,» with police vehicles honking while driving down the road. «I think it's such an important day for us to be here,» said General Secretary of French Police Union, Fabien Van Hemelryck, who regarded the protest to be «symbolic.» While emphasising the police role in protecting the people and their properties, Van Hemelryck added that police officers «feel sickened and stigmatised» due to the «social atmosphere that reigns.» Following protests against racism and police brutality, Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner announced last Monday that chokeholds will be banned and no longer be taught in police training. Protests sparked by Floyd's death have been taking place across the US and around the world, after the 46-year-old black man was killed during his arrest in Minneapolis on May 25.

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