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French unions fight for cops' right to drink on the job

Should riot police be able to have alcohol while on duty?

France's infamous riot police are threatening to strike over a new rule forbidding them from drinking wine with lunch, a cherished -- and in many cases legally protected -- French tradition.

"Wine or beer for the CRS? C'est fini!" blared a recent headline on the TV channel France 2's website.

The riot police in turn have accused the Interior Ministry of "trying to make us priests, but without the sacramental wine." ...

"It's the most absurd and ridiculous decision," an officer on duty at CRS told AOL News today about the ban, which was first announced late last week. "We will fight it."

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