"We're tired of saying yes to everything." This is how an officer from the Ile-de-France region sums up the state of mind that is spreading through the ranks of municipal police forces (MP) across the country. Île-de-France but also Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), Lyon (Rhône)... The strike movement, which began on 31 October, is spreading to demand better retirement conditions, as well as "greater recognition" of the profession.
" READ ALSOPV strike, refusal to intervene: in Île-de-France, the municipal police leads its sling
Agents have several levers of action at their disposal. The strike of tickets and other traffic tickets, on the one hand. And, on the other hand, the refusal to honour certain interventions — except for emergencies. This is the case for security missions that mobilize municipal agents as part of the Vigipirate plan. Races, fairs, cultural events... Everywhere, the MP is watching, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies.
The Strasbourg example
As the protest movement has just entered its second month, reflection is creeping into the ranks: how to make oneself heard? Knowing that protest is not really in the genes of the profession. "We need events with a big impact, otherwise it's useless," said an agent from Yvelines, speaking on condition of anonymity. This view is shared by many of the police officers interviewed.
They all tell us about the example from the East: the strike of the municipal police in Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin) during the first weekend of the Christmas market (nearly 3 million visitors last year). A notice had been filed prior to implementation on November 25. A strike supported by the mayor of Strasbourg. Elsewhere in France, squads refused to secure certain football matches, in Lyon (Rhône) or Lille (Nord).
The Olympic and Paralympic Games? "We're thinking about it"
And in Île-de-France? All eyes are on the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer. "If we don't get what we're asking for, it's clear that it can be a solution. We're thinking about it," says a Parisian agent concerned by the future policing system. As a reminder, the SUD-SDIS union, which represents firefighters and civil security personnel, has filed a strike notice for the period of the Olympics.
On strike for the Games, the municipal police officers of the Ile-de-France region? Thierry Colomar, head of the National Federation of Municipal Police Officers of France (FNPMF), warns: "If we have to get to this point to defend our rights, we will do it." Until then, there are the end-of-year celebrations that mobilize many services. This time, it will be without some of them: the federation has just filed a strike notice for the nights of December 24 and 31.