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France criticised at UN over police violence, racism

A French police officer demonstrates how to arrest a suspect in Nice, France [File: Eric Gaillard/Reuters]

The UN’s Human Rights Council calls on France to reduce police violence and take steps to address racism.

France has been criticised by the United Nations Human Rights Council for increased police violence, including against protesters, as widespread Labour Day demonstrations take over the country.

France must “take measures to, in a transparent manner, address allegations regarding excessive use of force by police and gendarmerie against protesters during demonstrations”, Sweden’s representative told the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, when France marks its annual Labour Day.


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