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France: Motorcycle Cops On "Strike" Because Of Helmets

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  France Protests Uniformed
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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ATGATTAll The Gear, All The Time - meaning you always wear all your safety gear. is not only the fact that you need to wear all your safety equipment all of the time, but also that the equipment is in good shape. And that's something that is not the case for the motorcycle gendarmes in Morbihan Click for map (in Brittany, France).

The motorcycle cops had received new helmets in 2007, and today these helmets have become unusable, the paint is flaking, the shell has deteriorated, and the helmets do no longer sit properly on their heads. Also the visors have become foggy and scratched.

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The cops have been trying to get replacement helmets, but the authorities are not listening and just paying lip-service.  They have gone so far as meet with the Minister of Interior, but so far, no new helmets.

Gendarmes are military and are not allowed to go on strike, which would be the first thing a Frenchman will do. But they are allowed to use a "right of withdrawal", which is close enough to going on strike without the public seeing that it's a strike.

So hopefully for these cops in the next few weeks you'll be seeing them riding their motorcycles with brand new helmets.

It's funny to see how motorcycle cops are treated by the government, while motorcycle gendarmes are quite liked by bikers.

UPDATE: 10 New helmets are being delivered to several of the motorcycle cops. According to the source, the helmets cost between €1,000 and €1,200 per helmet!!!!! Must be gold plated helmets... nothing but the best now. According the the police authorities, it wasn't a question of budget, but of timing. (Source Open Source link in a new window).

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