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    French riot police threaten to strike over alcohol ban

    France's riot police have complained about being "treated like children" following a new ban on drinking alcohol while on duty.

    The CRS (Republican Security Companies), which made its name quelling student demonstrators during nationwide disturbances in 1968, has always enjoyed a glass of beer or wine with its meals.

    However, following photos of riot police drinking bottles of beer during Paris street protest, police chiefs have decided to put an end to the tradition.

    They were wearing body armour and carrying weapons as they sipped from beer and wine bottles. Some were also smoking.

    Didier Mangione, national secretary of the police union, said bosses were "trying to turn us into priests, but without the altar wine".

    "Nobody should object to a small drink on jobs," he said. "CRS officers do not have any more or less alcohol problems than anybody else in society. They should be allowed to drink in moderation."

    While British police are strictly barred from drinking on duty, the French have traditionally been allowed 25cl of wine or a small beer with their main meal of the day.

    It was normally served on an official tray and sometimes eaten in full view of the public, often outside riot-control vans.

    "Our right to drink alcohol with our food is protected by the law and our members are very unhappy at being treated like children," Mr Mangione added.

    The CRS, which was formed after the Second World War to "protect" the Republic from internal threats, has always been renowned for employing particularly tough officers.

    They are often seen bracing themselves for action on the streets of major cities like Paris, Marseilles and Lyon.

    Whenever a riot is threatened in a housing project or outside a university, it is invariably the CRS who are called to mobilise. Their tactics involve responding swiftly, and often violently.

    Mr Mangione said he would be making a formal appeal against the new rules to the police authority.

    A spokesman for the CRS central directorate said they had no plans to reconsider their decision.

  • #2
    Meh....it's France. They'll surrender after the first shot is fired anyway.

    But God forbid they live up to a professional image in the meantime.
    Originally posted by Smurfette
    Lord have mercy. You're about as slick as the business side of duct tape.
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    You are without doubt a void surrounded by a sphincter muscle.


    • #3
      We cannot get hammered on the job anymore? Sacrebleu!


      • #4
        That's French for ya.


        • #5
          My apologies to any French police officers (of whom I've met a few) who've read this, care about their professional appearance as much we do, and don't get "hammered" by drinking a single glass of wine or bottle of beer over the course of an entire shift. I guess these posters would agree with hand-wringing U.S. police managers that would ban all off-duty consumption of alcoholic beverages by cops here who CCW, regardless of how little they've consumed or reasonably they've behave?

          It's always easier to issue blanket edicts (or indictments against those you don't know) than to address individual incidents where abuses have occurred.
          "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."


          • #6
            You know, I gotta agree with the French on this. I might start protesting in support at my PD


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