France's Macron calls for 'urgent' police reform following protests

# 08 December 2020 18:49 (UTC +04:00)

French President Emmanuel Macron has said there is an "urgent need" to reform the security forces, following weeks of protests over police violence, APA reports citing BBC.

He will hold a summit next month to review community relations and the working conditions of the police.

"I want to move quickly and concretely," Mr Macron said in a letter to a leading police union on Monday.

It follows weeks of nationwide demonstrations over a controversial draft security law.

The bill would outlaw taking photos of police, for use "with malevolent intent", but opponents say it 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 last month.

The officers involved reportedly face, along with a colleague, charges of "intentional violence by a person holding authority". They deny abusing the man racially.

In response to the backlash, President Macron's ruling party said parts of the draft law would be rewritten. Mr Macron also acknowledged there were "some officers who are violent" and they "must be punished" in an interview with the youth-focused news website Brut - prompting angry criticism from police bodies.