A FRENCH COP’S LIFE …

The French have never liked their police. It is said that this dislike dates from the Second World War when the police, France, having capitulated to the German enemy, had collaborated with the victors. When, in June 1940, France fell and the victorious Germans occupied the northern part of the country, which included Paris, policemen […]

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The French have never liked their police.

It is said that this dislike dates from the Second World War when the police, France, having capitulated to the German enemy, had collaborated with the victors.

When, in June 1940, France fell and the victorious Germans occupied the northern part of the country, which included Paris, policemen were given the choice of resigning or working under German orders, and few resigned.

Therefore, the Germans, being the police force’s new masters, it meant that the police had to, and did, at the end of each day pass on all the day’s dossiers to the occupier. This was done through the office of the Prefect (préfet) of Paris – Amédée Bussière – who, in turn, handed the dossiers over to ‘Free’ or Vichy France’s representative or ambassador to Occupied France – Count Ferdinand de Brinon. He would, in turn, inform the Germans who would be the ones to decide what action would be taken against those who had committed a crime. (At the end of the war Bussière was taken into custody and was convicted for ‘collaboration with the enemy’, found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment but was released after having served five years. De Brinon fled to Germany but was soon arrested, and on trial in France he was, like Bussière, convicted for ‘collaboration with the enemy’, found guilty and shot outside Paris.)

Such memories die hard.

So starts my new article on the American-based news website, THE DAILY JOURNALIST.

You will find it interesting so do read it.

The niqab - banned

The niqab – banned

 

 

Once France guillotined those who stepped out of line. Here is its blade.

Once France guillotined those who stepped out of line. Here is its blade.

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “A FRENCH COP’S LIFE …”

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    Susie Kelly Says:

    You’re right, Marilyn. That IS interesting.

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