A former French minister today called for the police to able to use live fire on rioting Yellow Vest protesters.
The words of Luc Ferry, the 68-year-old conservative, highlight the growing law and order crisis facing the country.
Mr Ferry, once an Education Minister and now a full-time philosopher, said: ‘What I don’t understand is that we don’t give the means to the police to put an end to this violence.’
When it was suggested that guns might lead to wounding or worse, Mr Ferry said: ‘So what? Listen, frankly, when you see guys beating up an unfortunate policeman on the floor, that’s when they should use their weapons once and for all. That’s enough!’
Police were attacked in major cities including Paris last Saturday on an ‘Act VIII’ Day of Rage by the Yellow Vests.
The movement – which is named after the high viz jackets all motorists have to carry in France – also set fire to buildings as police batons, tear gas and water cannon were used against them.
Particularly aggressive scenes were filmed in the French capital, where a former champion boxer beat up two gendarmes on a Seine bridge.
Speaking to Classic Radio, Mr Ferry added: ‘We have the fourth largest army in the world, and it is able to put an end to this c***.
‘These kind of thugs, this kind of c*** from the extreme Right, the extreme Left and from the housing estates that come to hit the police, that’s enough.’
The Classic Radio presenter corrected Mr Ferry, saying that the majority of the rioters were not from suburban high rises, but were instead working class people from the provinces.
Those Yellow Vests arrested so far tend to have jobs, and largely hold conservative views.