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French authorities have suspended three police officers after they were seen on video beating up a black music producer in central Paris.

The incident on Saturday has prompted a fresh outcry over the conduct of French security forces.




Meanwhile, the French government is pressing ahead with its controversial security bill, which opponents say could undermine the media's ability to scrutinise police behaviour.

Article 24 of the bill makes it a criminal offence to post images of police or soldiers on social media which are deemed to target them as individuals.

The government argues that the new bill does not jeopardise the rights of the media and ordinary citizens to report police abuses.

But in the face of criticism the government added an amendment, specifying that Article 24 "will only target the dissemination of images clearly aimed at harming a police officer's or soldier's physical or psychological integrity".

People found guilty could be punished by a year in prison or a fine of up to €45,000 (£40,000).


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Of course, the French police are simply acting in character


"Paris massacre" redirects here. For other incidents, including the Charlie Hebdo attack and the November 2015 attacks, see Paris attacks (disambiguation).
Paris massacre of 1961
Part of Algerian war
Here are drown the Algerians.jpg
Graffiti on the Pont Saint-Michel in 1961: "Ici on noie les Algériens" ("Algerians are drowned here"). Dozens of bodies were later pulled from the River Seine.
Location Pont Saint-Michel
Date 17 October 1961; 59 years ago
Deaths 40-200+
Victims a demonstration of some 30,000 pro-National Liberation Front (FLN) Algerians
Perpetrators head of the Parisian police, Maurice Papon, the French National Police

The Paris massacre of 1961 occurred on 17 October 1961, during the Algerian War (1954–62). Under orders from the head of the Parisian police, Maurice Papon, the French National Police attacked a demonstration by 30,000 pro-National Liberation Front (FLN) Algerians. After 37 years of denial and censorship of the press, in 1998 the French government finally acknowledged 40 deaths, although there are estimates of 100 to 300 victims.[1] Death was due to heavy-handed beating by the police, as well as mass drownings, as police officers threw demonstrators in the river Seine.

The massacre was intentional, as substantiated by historian Jean-Luc Einaudi, who won a trial against Papon in 1999 (Papon had been convicted in 1998 of crimes against humanity for his role under the Vichy collaborationist regime during World War II). Official documentation and eyewitness accounts within the Paris police department suggest that Papon directed the massacre himself. Police records show that he called for officers in one station to be "subversive" in quelling the demonstrations, and assured them protection from prosecution if they participated.[2]



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