France's law enforcement and prison system have been sharply criticised by Europe's human rights watchdog.
The Council of Europe found prisons were overcrowded and police operated with a sense of impunity, according to excerpts from a report due next week.
The council's human rights commissioner Alvaro Gil-Robles said there was a "widening gap" between the "text of law and what is actually practiced".
The French penal system looked quite medieval, interestingly enough, in the Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can. I was alerted to this by listening to the CBC, so some props to them for mentioning it, even if only in passing.