The French police watchdog is being investigated for rigging an investigation into an alleged trafficking ring within the police to discredit policemen close to the Socialist Party.

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French watchdog ‘targeted left-wing police’

The French police watchdog is being investigated for rigging an investigation into an alleged trafficking ring within the police to discredit policemen close to the Socialist Party.

French prosecutors are investigating the police watchdog over suspicions it rigged an investigation into an alleged visa trafficking network within the police, Le Monde reports.

In 2007, four police officials including the Chief Constable Yannick Blanc and his deputy were indicted over allegations they participated in this network. Both were suspended from their duties.

In 2011, French courts dismissed the case against the four officials and investigations were then launched into the police watchdog’s inquiries. They suspect the watchdog of tampering with the minutes of questionings and threatening witnesses.

The four police officials accused of trafficking say the police watchdog invented the case against them because they did not support French President Nicholas Sarkozy or were close to the Socialist Party.

In the run-up to the presidential elections, Yannick Blanc was advising Socialist candidate Ségolène Royal on immigration issues. Another police official was in charge of security for a former Socialist interior minister.

The allegations against the police watchdog could damage Sarkozy, who was interior minister in 2007, and his bid for upcoming presidential elections.

HEALTH

French lawmakers push for abortion rights to be enshrined in constitution

After the seismic decision of the US Supreme Court on Friday, French MPs are calling for the right to abortion in France to be protected by the constitution.

French lawmakers push for abortion rights to be enshrined in constitution

Lawmakers from French President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party are to propose a parliamentary bill on Saturday that would enshrine the right to abortion in the constitution. 

The move comes after the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 “Roe v. Wade” decision on Friday.

“In France we guarantee and advance the rights of women. We protect them,” said Aurore Bergé – the head of Renaissance in the Assemblée nationale and one of the key sponsors of the bill. 

Another co-sponsor, Marie-Pierre Rixain tweeted: “What happens in elsewhere cannot happen in France. We must protect the right to abortion for future generations. 

In 2018 and 2019, Emmanuel Macron’s party – which back then was known as La République en Marche – refused to back bills proposed by left-wing party, La France Insoumise, to enshrine abortion rights into the constitution. 

In a Saturday interview with France Inter, Bergé suggested that the success of Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National during parliamentary elections earlier this month had created a sense of newfound urgency. 

She described the far-right MPs as “fierce opponents of women’s access to abortion” and said it was important “to take no risk” in securing it. 

READ MORE France’s Macron condemns US abortion ruling

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has come out in support of the bill. 

The left-wing opposition block, NUPES, also backs it and had planned to propose an identical piece legislation of its own on Monday. 

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