- The female police officer was attacked by a gang of youths on New Year’s Eve
- Attack in Champigny, southeast Paris, branded ‘cowardly’ by President Macron
- Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said violence in Paris society must be stopped
- He said those in ‘pauperised and ghettoised’ suburbs have suffered long enough
The French government has vowed a crackdown on urban violence in reaction to the shocking video footage which emerged of a policewoman being attacked by a mob on New Year’s Eve.
She was one of two officers attacked by a gang of youths after police were called to a party in the Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne, in an assault President Emmanuel Macron called ‘a cowardly and criminal lynching’.
The area of Champigny, some eight miles from the centre of Paris, has become synonymous with Portuguese immigration.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Portuguese workers were in demand in the French capital and there was a flood of immigrants.
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb called the attacks against police ‘unacceptable’, and said violence in Parisian societies ‘must be stopped’.