The Anonymous Widower

A French Banker’s View Of The French Police

After the violence at the weekend in Paris, I am reminded of a meeting with a French banker.


Many years ago, I used to do business with a French banker; Andre, who lived and worked in Geneva.

Whether, there had been an excess of violence by French police at the time, I can’t remember, but in a restaurant in Geneva we got talking about the different between French police and other forces in Europe. Andre stated that if you join the French police, you immediately lose all your friends, as no-one wants a policeman as a friend, such is the distrust of the police.

Andre had worked all over Europe, and felt that only in France, is there this attitude to the police.

Does this closed society of the French police lead to them going over the top, as they regularly seem to do?

I’d love to know what the French police think of refugees! I wonder, if they see them as a supreme nuisance and feel the sooner, they have left French soil the better.

May 30, 2022 - Posted by | Finance, Sport, World | , , ,


  1. Local police (a bit like PCSO’s), and Gendarmes (like normal PC’s, but armed) are generally OK, however the ones everyone hates are the CRS aka riot police, who are employed at state level. When they build a new road in France the CRS police it until the departments sort out who will police it long term. There is usually a party when this happens.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | May 30, 2022 | Reply

  2. I’d go along with that although my dealings with French police after numerous burglaries at a holiday home in France, indicated that French police are the worst, I’ve ever dealt with.

    Comment by AnonW | May 30, 2022 | Reply

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