France has vowed “zero tolerance” over racism among its enforcement authorities after George Floyd’s death in the US raised alarm bells on the European continent.
The country’s interior minister, Christophe Castaner, said on Monday that officers suspected of racist acts or language will be systematically suspended and that the use of body cameras will be strengthened.
He reminded officers that their registration numbers must be visible at all times and said that every service will be reminded of when identity checks can be carried out.
Among the new measures, French police will now be subjected tot training in combating racism, which will updated on an annual basis.
Specialist investigators will be more broadly deployed and new tools to facilitate reporting racism in law enforcement will be strengthened.
“I want zero-tolerance against racism in our republic,” Castaner said, warning that even those who enforce the law “are never above it”.
“They must, on the contrary, be even more exemplary,” he added.
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