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In Thrall to Political ChangePolice and Gendarmerie in France$
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Malcolm Anderson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693641.001.0001

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Police and Violence

Police and Violence

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In Thrall to Political Change

Malcolm Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with repressive and violent action by the police and gendarmerie in France since 1870. It first discusses three broad categories of allegations of police violence since the beginning of the Third Republic: mistreatment of suspects; use of excessively rough methods, lethal violence, and paramilitary style policing against members of ‘out-groups’ such as beggars and undocumented foreigners; and use of methods to control political demonstrations and strikes that have resulted in unnecessary injuries and deaths. In particular, the chapter considers incidents known as ‘bavures’, in which the police use force that results in death or serious injury. It also examines the investigation of complaints lodged by victims of police violence before concluding with an analysis of two incidents during the Algerian War and their implications for public order policing.

Keywords:   police, gendarmerie, France, police violence, policing, demonstrations, strikes, bavures, public order, Algerian War

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