(From the BBC and other sources)- Abridged by Lawrence Kreger)
French police officers in Paris carried union flags next to the French justice ministry as part of their protest to demand better working conditions in Paris (14 October 2015)
Unions complain that increased violence on the streets of Paris has come at a time when resources are at a minimum
Thousands of French police officers have held a rare protest in Paris and across the country over what they say are a lack of resources and a judiciary that is too lenient towards criminals.
The protesters also say they have not been given enough credit for fighting jihadists and violent criminals.
It is the first significant police protest in France in three decades.
The government has in response pledged a series of reforms, including tougher sentences for violent criminals.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that there would be stiffer sentences for people in possession of weapons and plans would be introduced to simplify criminal procedures.
“I hear the anger of the police, I hear their malaise,” he said.
Mr Valls said more prisoners should be provided with police escorts when on a leave of absence and that permission for inmates to be given leave should not be forthcoming without “proven necessity”.
At the same time, President Francois Hollande praised “the difficult, courageous and effective work by police, gendarmes and all security forces” in his weekly cabinet meeting, promising to meet police unions next week.
Police on Wednesday demonstrated in front of the ministry of justice in Paris, as well as outside courthouses across the country.