France offers police €1,900 Olympics bonus to stave off strike action

French police working on the Paris Olympics will receive a one-off bonus of up to 1,900 euros ($2,060), the interior ministry said Tuesday under a major public pay deal intended to placate trade unions.

Public-sector workers from the security forces, to nurses to train drivers are pushing for extra pay for forgoing their holidays in July and August during the Games when millions of visitors are expected around the country.

The hard-left CGT trade union representing Paris metro staff announced Monday that it had given notice of possible strikes, including over the summer, as part of its efforts to secure pay hikes and bonuses.

The maximum 1,900 euros agreed with the police follows two days of protests this month and is higher than the interior ministry had initially suggested, although many officers are expected to receive less.

"The bonus will vary depending on each individual's situation," Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said in a letter to officers that was shared with AFP.

France is banking on its first Summer Olympics in 100 years to showcase the best of the country from the historic monuments of Paris to its role as a global centre of food, fashion and sporting excellence.

Organisers are desperate to avoid street protests and industrial disputes that could mar the experience for ticket holders or TV spectators.

The Paralympics are set to take place from August 28-September 8.


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