"One cop, one bullet". A sign calling for the killing of police officers was observed during the demonstration "against police violence" in Besançon on Saturday, reported the prefecture of Doubs, condemning it "firmly". A cardboard reading "one cop, one bullet" was observed during the demonstration, witnesses said.
The prefect of Doubs, Jean-François Colombet, shared in a statement his "indignation" at "this scandalous and unspeakable actions against the police".
These actions also occur "less than 48 hours after an attempted homicide of extreme and rare violence" against a police officer of the BAC in Sochaux, in the same department, recalls the prefecture. A police officer was seriously injured Thursday, while he participated in the arrest of a 22-year-old man already convicted and the subject of a search warrant for escape, said the prosecutor of Montbéliard.
Many anti-police slogans were also chanted during this demonstration that gathered 470 people, according to a count of the prefecture. "The police are mobilized day after day on our territory to ensure the safety and tranquility of all our fellow citizens," recalled the prefect.
More than 31,000 protesters across the country
Some 31,300 people demonstrated throughout the country (including 9,000 in Paris), according to the Ministry of the Interior, and about 80,000 (including 15,000 in Paris), according to the CGT and LFI. In the capital, after a calm departure, a pre-procession of hundreds of hooded individuals was formed, damaging the windows of bank branches and stoned a police car. It was in this context that a police officer pointed his gun at demonstrators.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Friday sent a letter of support to the police and gendarmes and called on prefects to issue a ban order if necessary and report messages "carrying insulting and insulting slogans against the institutions of the Republic, the police and the gendarmerie likely to fall under the law".