The Daily Telegraph

Macron offers new cars and uniforms to tainted police

- By Henry Samuel in Paris

EMMANUEL MACRON yesterday pledged to rebrand France’s embattled police with a fleet of new cars and stylish uniforms conceived by leading design schools in an effort to restore pride in the force and increase its “attractive­ness” to recruits.

The French president unveiled the measures as part of a “radical” overhaul of the police after seven months of inhouse discussion­s on security and how to improve relations with the population amid claims that the force faces its “worst moral crisis in modern history”.

The measures were unveiled as Amnesty Internatio­nal released a report criticisin­g the disproport­ionate use of force by police who used tear gas and dispersion grenades to end a party of about 1,500 people in Redon, in western France, in June. The operation led to one man having his hand torn off.

The raft of new measures would help build “trust between the nation and its security forces”, insisted Mr Macron.

Among them was a pledge of new cars and uniforms.

“Complaints have emerged about the image [of the force], about the uniform being out of fashion, inappropri­ate,” Mr Macron told police representa­tives and local politician­s at the National Police School in Roubaix, northern France.

“I don’t take this lightly because it’s a question of pride and respect that also goes for buildings and cars. I saw the pride in the eyes of officers when we deployed new vehicles… they go faster, they’re more comfortabl­e but above all, they are recognised and respected about town.”

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