a history of policing “à la française”


The movement of “yellow vests”, which is just four years old in November, revealed to the greatest number the often brutal management of protesting crowds by the French police, which represents an exception in Europe.

How can this French specificity be explained? Why have other European countries chosen the strategy of de-escalation? What is the most efficient model?

In this episode of the “L’Heure du Monde” podcast, Anne Chemin, journalist in the Ideas department of the World, describes the evolution of police practices and the development of the doctrine of maintaining order “à la française”. And, in the preamble to this episode, Arthur Carpentier, journalist in the video service of the World, recounts his report during a demonstration of “yellow vests” in November 2019, place d’Italie, in Paris.

An episode of Adele Ponticelli. Production and credits music: Amandine Robillard. Presentation and editor-in-chief: Jean-Guillaume Santi. In this episode: excerpt from the TF1 “20 heures” newscast of June 16, 2001 (INA); reading of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789.

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