New Delhi: French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said that there is an ‘urgent need’ to bring reform in security forces of the country, following weeks of protests over police violence, said a report. The president said that he will be holding a summit next month to review working conditions of the police and community relations. Also Read – PM Modi Speaks To French President, Assures India’s Support in Fight Against Terrorism
According to a BBC report, in a letter to a leading police union, the leader said, “I want to move quickly and concretely.” Also Read – UN-designated Terror Group Jaish-e-Mohammed Threatens French President Macron
President Macron’s announcement came after the country witnessed nationwide demonstrations for weeks over a controversial draft security law. Also Read – France Plans Hefty Punishment Against Those Issuing ‘Virginity Certificate’ For Marriage
The bill reportedly would outlaw taking photos of police with malevolent intent, but the opponents were enraged as according to them, the bill would undermine press freedom to document police brutality.
Demonstrations over the draft law intensified after footage emerged of three white policemen beating a black music producer inside his studio last month. The officers involved in the incident face charges of “intentional violence by a person holding authority”. However, they denied abusing the man racially.
In response to the widespread demonstrations, President Macron’s ruling party said parts of the draft law would be rewritten. During an interview, Macron himself acknowledged that there were “some officers who are violent” and they “must be punished”.