Caught between a rock and a hard place, President Emmanuel Macron has agreed there is an “urgent need” to reform the police services in France.

In a letter to a leading police trade union, he said: “I want to move quickly and concretely.”

On one hand many in the police have complained that they do not enjoy enough support at the political level, and had pushed for legislation banning the taking of photographs or videos of police offices where there was “malevolent intent.” But there is a widespread public mistrust of the police in the wake of several well-publicised assaults by police officers on innocent people, some of which have been fatal.

Ironically, when four police officers brutally assaulted a black music producer last month the incident was caught on a security camera in his studio. The four men now face charges of “intentional violence by a person holding authority.”

The victim of the assault was thrown in jailed charged with assaulting the officers before the video became public.

Needless to say, the incident did nothing to help the cause of the police and the planned legislation has been abandoned in its original form.