POLICE unions have expressed anger at President Emmanuel Macron’s government following five consecutive weekends of disruptive and often violent “yellow vest” protests across France.
Alliance is encouraging officers nationwide to stay inside their stations and to only respond to emergency calls.
“Police are not doing well and nobody is listening,” Frédéric Lagache, deputy secretary general of the Alliance union, said. The 2019 budget is “insufficient,” he deplored.
Another union, UNSA-Police, said on Monday its members would only provide minimum services from Tuesday and asked for a meeting with Mr Macron. The union asked the centrist government earlier this month for police working to quell the “yellow vest” protests to be paid overtime.
The UNSA union warned police would stage copycat yellow vest protests and storm roundabouts if its demands were not met.
“The roundabouts are not reserved for yellow vests only,” UNSA said in a statement.
A third union, Unité SGP-FO, said on Monday police are “at the end of their tether” and called on all officers to take part in an “Act 1” of protests on January 26 if the Macron government fails to respond to unions’ demands by January 11.