The leader of France's extreme right-wing National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen protested angrily when he was kept away from a policeman's funeral ceremony on October 16.
1. GV & SV Riot police pushing National Front protestors back (2 shots) 0.16
2. SCU National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen speaking (FRENCH SOT) 0.42
3. SVs Riot police pushing protestors as Le Pen looks on (3 shots) 0.56
4. SV Le Pen leaving by car 1.02
5. GVs Police standing by (3 shots) 1.20
6. GV Interior Minister Pierre Joxe arriving for funeral 1.30
7. TV Funeral ceremony in courtyard of police headquarters 1.52
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Background: NANTERRE, FRANCE
The leader of France's extreme right-wing National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen protested angrily when he was kept away from a policeman's funeral ceremony on October 16. The policeman, Joseph Leon, was shot dead on October 11 while checking the identity papers of two men, bringing to eleven the number of police killed on duty in France this year. A police trade union, the USC, had called for a silent march coinciding with the funeral, from the scene of the shooting to the police prefecture at Nanterre. They wanted to protest police deaths and what they called the leniency of the judicial system. The march was banned by Interior Minister Pierre Joxe, who said the problems of the national police were not to be debated either on the streets or by way of communiques. however, a National Front demonstration nearby was authorised and supporters gathered near the prefecture. Le Pen attempted to gain entrance to the funeral ceremony in the courtyard of the prefecture, but was held back. He told reporters at the scene the government had issued orders to what he called the "socialist police" to keep him out. As he left, the Interior Minister arrived for the ceremony. The government faces strong calls from the right-wing opposition to bring back the death penalty.
Source: REUTERS - JEAN JACQUES FERON