On December 8, 2018, riot police stood guard on Champs Elysees Street in Paris. (Associated Press)
Overseas Network, Dec. 18, after five weeks of destructive protests across France, the police began to express their anger at the French government.
According to the Associated Press, on December 17, two local police unions in France complained about the working conditions of the police, claiming that the police had been sent to clear the road blockade and control the rioters in the demonstrations, which caused the problem of shortage of manpower.
One of the trade unions urged the government to invest in rebuilding the police force, and called on the police to slack work on Wednesday (19) and only respond to emergencies in protest against the countrys budget cuts on the police force.
Another police union, UNSA, said its members would only provide minimal services on Tuesday (18), and asked to meet with French President Mark Long. Earlier this month, the Union also asked the government to pay police overtime wages.
UNSA said French parliamentarians would vote this week on a 62 million budget cut that, if passed, would once again lead to deterioration in police working conditions.
The union said French parliamentarians should vote against the governments budget for 2019 and warned that if French President Mark Long does not announce the Marshall Plan for the National Police quickly, we will take other actions.
Earlier on Monday (17), the UNSA union threatened to follow the example of the Yellow vest protest and occupy the intersection if their demands were not met. The roundabout is not just for the Yellow vest, the union said in a statement.
Frances yellow vest protests began last month with a rise in fuel taxes. The protest was named after participants wearing yellow fluorescent vests. Since then, the protests have evolved into a massive protest involving pensioners, unemployed people and small business owners.