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French police watchdog will investigate the alleged racist behavior of police in the Ile-Saint-Denis region near Paris, the country’s interior minister announced Monday after footage from a incident were shared on social networks.

“A video showing police intervention in the Ile-Saint-Denis sector has provoked legitimate outrage,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner wrote on his Twitter account on Monday.

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“All the light will be shed on the question. The IGPN was alerted. Racism has no place in the Republican police. “

The General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) is the body that monitors and controls police activity in France.

“They can’t swim”

Video footage shared on social media by journalist Taha Bouhafs on Sunday shows a group of police officers who went out at night, believed to apprehend a man who had jumped into the Seine to escape his arrest.

“A bicot like that can’t swim,” said one, using a derogatory term for Arabs in North Africa.

“They are sinking. You should have hung a weight on that foot, ”replies another. Later, the officers can be heard laughing while someone is shouting, probably at the time of the arrest.

Watchdog gets involved

The Paris police chief also confirmed that the Inspector General of the National Police (IGPN) would be called upon to “shed light on the circumstances implicating the police and to determine the identity of those who made these comments”, said the French broadcaster Info France reported.

Police responded to theft, police said.

Strict restrictions on public life put in place by President Emmanuel Macron in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic have ignited social tensions in the affluent neighborhoods surrounding Paris.

Last week, violence broke out between young people and police in several neighborhoods near Paris, as well as in other regions of France.

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