Fransk politi orker ikke lenger lange dager med bevoktning av 830 potensielle terrormål. De kan ikke streike, men melder seg syke.

Da president Hollande nylig besøkte Bretagne meldte 44 av 77 lokale politifolk seg syke. Meldingen er klar: De har fått nok.

Myndighetene sliter ut styrken. Det må tas noen nye grep. Myndighetene tok ad hoc-tiltak, men de er ikke bærekraftige.

When Mr Hollande travelled to Brittany to open a higher education campus last week, 44 of the 74 members of the local police unit who were supposed to be protecting him took sick leave, it emerged yesterday.

Their absence was widely interpreted as a disguised form of industrial action amid deepening discontent in police stations over the anti-terrorist measures ordered by the government.

With police banned from going on strike, a growing number are catching strategic colds in protest at the increased workload that has followed the cabinet’s decision to place 830 potential terrorist targets on round-the-clock protection.

Nicolas Comte, head of the Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité (Republican Security Companies) — known in France as CRS — said his members were “fed up and worn out”, with little time-off and limited opportunities to see their families. There is also a dispute over pay, with officers calling for a €17 increase in the €30 daily bonus they receive when they are away from home.

French police prefer to call in sick than protect president

Police would rather go sick than look after President Hallande