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French police use car to push disabled man home

Two French policemen are in hot water after a video emerged on Facebook showing them apparently "helping" a disabled man by pushing his broken down motorised wheelchair along a road using their police vehicle.

French police use car to push disabled man home
The police officers pushing the disabled man along the road. Photo: Facebook/Screenshot
It's the type of scene you would imagine seeing in a comedy film.
 
But the images of two French policemen using their car to push home a man in a broken down electric wheelchair are indeed real, if slightly unbelievable.
 
In a 30-second film, a witness in another car is left giggling as she films the police vehicle slowly nudging the electric wheelchair along the road in Leucate, north of Perignan, south-western France.
 
Meanwhile, others cars zoom past in both directions.
 
The video, which was taken last month, had racked up almost 200,000 views by Monday morning after it was published on Facebook and then picked up by French media over the weekend.
 

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While the video may indeed have left some in fits of laughter, senior police officers took the matter seriously, launching disciplinary action against the two officers.
 
A spokesperson for the local police union saying that the actions were not only “unacceptable”, but a “discredit to the entire profession”.
 
The officers themselves said the man had been willing to get the push, after refusing to get out of the wheelchair when it broke down on the roadside.


(The video was shot in Leucate, on the south west coast of France. Photo: GoogleMaps)

But the man's family have stood up for the two officers.
 
The daughter of the disabled man told the L'Indépendant that rather than being punished, the officers should be rewarded. 
 
“My father is stubborn, he wouldn't have got off,” she told the paper
 
“Everything these officers did was for the best, our father is safe and sound, we are totally satisfied.”
 
 

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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