Dozens of French towns to arm local police as mayor says non-lethal weapons not enough

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
By Paul Martin
2 Aug, 2016

The terrorist attack in Nice which killed 84 people when a truck plowed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day has prompted several French mayors to arm local police. Non-lethal weapons are incapable of stopping a “crazed attacker,” one mayor said.

“Along the Promenade des Anglais [in Nice] the municipal police and the national police had the same mission – to stop a crazed vehicle or murderer,” said Francois Bayrou, the mayor of Pau.

“Our weapons against incivility, such as the Taser or the flash-ball, are obviously worthless in stopping a vehicle,” he added, according to

The Pau mayor has decided to give guns to some 35 municipal police officers. Bayrou noted that 75 percent of those who will be given the arms “were either in the police or in the national police or in the army, and are therefore trained in handling the weapons.” All the officers are required to undergo 57 hours of training to obtain authorization.

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