France to abandon police chokeholds amid Floyd death anger

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A protester looks up at a sign that reads “Black Lives Matter” in Marseille, southern France, Saturday, June 6, 2020, during a protest against the recent death of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died after he was restrained by police officers on May 25 in Minneapolis, that has led to protests in many countries and across the U.S. Further protests are planned over the weekend in European cities, some defying restrictions imposed by authorities due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

PARIS (AP) – France’s interior minister says police will no longer conduct chokeholds that have been blamed for multiple cases of asphyxiation and prompted new criticism after George Floyd’s death.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced Monday that “the method of seizing the neck via strangling will be abandoned and will no longer be taught in police schools.”

He spoke out as the French government comes under increasing pressure to address brutality and racism within the police force.

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