For the fifth day in a row French police are protesting in the streets. They fear for their own safety after a year of France being in a state of emergency due to Islamic terrorism.
President Hollande has until now refused to meet with the protesting police officers, who wear an armband that says "a colere" (angry), but now he gives in and says he will meet with the unions next week.
French police do not have the right to go on strike, but they don't care anymore, except they are afraid of losing their job so police protester are masked not to be recognised (pictured). The demonstrations initially arose spontaneously, without any connection to the unions, but out of anger and fear.
Euronews reports that 500 police officers demonstrated in Paris, 800 in Lyon, 200 in Marseille and 400 in Melun on Thursday night. From other cities such as Strasbourg, Calais and Orléans there are also reports of police demonstrations.
The police no longer feel able to secure the streets. We can not even protect ourselves, they say. The demonstrations come after four police were set on fire, which only joins a long line of attacks on police in France.
READ: French police officers set on fire - 'Planned and organized'
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