For the last 18 months or so there has been something of a love-hate relationship between the French public and the forces of law and order. In November 2014, after the death of protester Rémi Fraisse at the hands of a gendarme grenade at Sivens in south-west France, the gendarmerie was vilified. But in January 2015 police and gendarmes were widely praised for the way they took down the killers behind the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the kosher supermarket hostage tragedy in Paris, attacks in which the police were also victims.
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