Members of the Alliance Police Nationale union protest outside the Champigny-sur-Marne police station. AFP / Thomas SAMSON / ALTERNATIVE CROP
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The French government vowed a crackdown on urban violence Tuesday after shocking video footage emerged of a policewoman being beaten on New Year's Eve. She was one of two officers attacked by a crowd 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". French police have long suffered testy relations with youths in poor, immigrant-heavy suburbs, not least since the nationwide riots in 2005 sparked by the death of two teenagers who were electrocuted while hiding from officers.The assault of a young man by police in Aulnay-sous-Bois – which led to officers being charged, including for rape after a truncheon was shoved up the youth's anus – sparked fresh unrest last year.An attack on two officers who were badly burned when Molotov cocktails were thrown into their car in the southern Paris suburbs in October 2016 prompted weeks of protests by police demanding safer working conditions.
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