Redaction Weekly: Plotting Parisian Police face political problems

EMMANUEL Macron may have expressed “shame” after a video emerged of four police officers beating a black man in Paris; but he’s not doing much to rectify the environment that made it possible.

As our reporter Gaelle Legrand revealed this week, it’s not the first time Police National have been mired in controversy.

Protests broke out across the nation on Saturday in true French fashion, with vehicles set alight in the name of liberté.

Macron himself has refused to use the term “police violence”, and the Global Security Bill – which bans the filming of officers – doesn’t help his standing with demonstrators either.

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Scrutinising Police Nationale: Does France have a problem with law enforcement?

It’s not only France that is creeping toward authoritarianism – Egypt looks like it’s streets ahead.

Shadow Minister Wayne David told Redaction Politics this week that the government must take a stronger line after several activists were detained.

UK government urged to put pressure on Egypt in the face of worsening human rights abuses

THE BIDEN TRANSITION

Continuing our Biden Foreign Relations series, this week Redaction spoke to several experts about the new administration’s prospects across the world.

Biden’s support for Guaidó and sanctions could stress Venezuela relations from the off

Don’t expect Biden to hold a summit with Kim Jong-un, experts say

For a Biden presidency, warming relations with Putin’s Russia could prove impossible

Biden can win-over Modi’s India better than Trump ever could, claims Obama policy adviser

LOOKING FORWARD

We’ll continue to bring you analysis of the challenges faced by the Biden administration – but there’s two important elections to look out for.

Sunday December 6 sees Venezuela vote in its parliamentary elections.

In 2015, Chavismo parties were punished, according to outlet Venezuela Analysis, because of their lack of action on crime, corruption and the economy.

This time, they write, “two of the blocs are from the left, with the government bloc, sometimes referred to as the PSUV+ bloc leading the fray and deploying its well-oiled electoral machinery”, while the right remains largely “fragemented”. A PSUV victory is expected.

In Ghana, a dozen candidates are running for President on Monday but the two main parties are expected to hoover up the vote.

Centre-right Nana Akufo-Addo is likely to reign victorious over social democrat John Mahama.


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