Tags: EU | France | Prisons

French Justice Minister Meets Unions over Prison Blockades

French Justice Minister Meets Unions over Prison Blockades

Thursday, 25 January 2018 07:38 AM

PARIS (AP) — France's justice minister met with union leaders Thursday in an effort to end a nationwide prison blockade launched by guards seeking improved working conditions.

After two failed rounds of negotiations, Nicole Belloubet was expected to bring new proposals to the table during the meetings at the Justice Ministry's headquarters.

As the movement entered its 11th day, UFAP-UNSA union head Jean-Francois Forget said before speaking with Belloubet that he was optimistic that progress had been made overnight, notably on the issue of radicalized inmates.

Forget told BFM television channel that he expected Belloubet to announce the number of places dedicated to hold only radicalized convicts to be increased tenfold, up to 1,500. At the moment, some radicalized convicts are placed among the general prison population, which guards say leads to radicalization of other inmates.

The national protest started after a radicalized inmate attacked three guards with a knife at a high-security prison in northern France. The attack at Vendin-le-Vieil was carried out by Christian Ganczarski, a German who converted to Islam and was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his involvement in a 2002 attack on a synagogue in Tunisia that left 21 people dead.

More attacks have been reported since, in about half-dozen prisons, fuelling the guard's anger and demands. The protests have also affected inmates' life conditions, with reduced time out of their cells because of the lack of guards available.

The current movement, growing increasingly tough, is the largest in years, with the majority of France's 188 prisons affected to various degrees. A spokesman for the penitentiary administration told The Associated Press that guards were protesting at 116 prisons Thursday.

© Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Europe
France's justice minister met with union leaders Thursday in an effort to end a nationwide prison blockade launched by guards seeking improved working conditions.After two failed rounds of negotiations, Nicole Belloubet was expected to bring new proposals to the table...
EU,France,Prisons
275
2018-38-25
Thursday, 25 January 2018 07:38 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved