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Thursday
Feb102011

French Judges Hold Anti-Sarkozy Rallies

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NANTES, France) -- French judges and magistrates angry over comments made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy that criticized the judiciary have taken to the streets in anti-Sarkozy protests and brought the court system across France to a standstill.

The judiciaries took to the streets in a dozen cities nationwide, rejecting criticism from Sarkozy and complaining of inadequate resources.

The mounting row began over Sarkozy's comments surrounding how the judiciary handled the high-profile murder of 18-year-old waitress Laetitia Perrais. The prime suspect in the murder, Tony Meilhon, was a criminal who had been released from prison after a rape conviction without being assigned a probation officer.
  
The president condemned how the system had handled Meilhon and said "serious dysfunctions" existed in the police and judicial systems.

The judiciary said mistakes occurred due to a lack of resources. In Nantes, where Meilhon's case had been handled, 17 probation officers were "overwhelmed" with 3,300 cases.

More than 1,000 people are said to have showed up for protests in Paris and Nantes alone.

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