Hello all, or should I say 'allo allo allo' ?
This discussion gets it's inspiration from a blog post I put up last week about needing help to find someone in Tours, who's trying to defraud me from my car insurance and avoid responsibility for an accident he caused. The blog is here; http://www.survivefrance.com/xn/detail/3339392:BlogPost:398725?xg_source=activity
My question to you all is, were you aware of the difference between Gendarmes and Police, and how do we decide which group of law enforcers to contact?' I assume in an emergency, the person manning the phones decides.
I was only aware of the difference in training and administration, Gendarmes being military and Police being civil. But after last weeks little fiasco, I started to wonder about who to approach for my traffic problem in Tours, and I've now discovered it's a geographical distinction as well, with Gendarmes dealing more with countryside issues and police based in towns.
I'm also wondering if anyone knows more about how they manage the use of two systems as to my outsiders viewpoint, it seems absurd to suppose that there won't be either needless rivalry or wasteful duristriction disputes. And how do they view each other? And how do the French view them? I've heard most French prefer the Police and distrust gendarmes, which seems unsurprising , as I expect gendarmes would be used by any twisted government official to intervene badly in anything political kicking off.
I can imagine the rows, "no, you do it, it's on your patch, the mayor's a friend of his so it's too close to home and I'm already on overtime"...."no, you do it, the complainant lives in town, the mayor's a friend of his and I need to go and polish my boots"...no offense to any police or gendarmes intended, except the ones who were rude to me once, for no reason. Guess which?