Readings — From the December 2012 issue

Cop au vin

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From an April 18, 2011, letter by Didier Mangione, the national secretary of the French union Unité SGP Police, to Hubert Weigel, head of France’s riot police. Weigel banned on-duty consumption of alcohol after photos surfaced in October 2010 of officers drinking beer while on patrol at a demonstration near Paris. Translated from the French by Ryann Liebenthal. To the Managing Director, For several months, a number of our units’ core benefits have been whittled away by successive decrees. Your March 28 decree pertaining to the consumption of alcoholic beverages during the fulfillment of police missions is one such example. …

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