French cop sick for TV stardom

9th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 8 (AFP) - A policeman who called in sick to appear as an extra in a French television series has received a reprimand after being found out, fellow officers said Wednesday.

PARIS, Dec 8 (AFP) - A policeman who called in sick to appear as an extra in a French television series has received a reprimand after being found out, fellow officers said Wednesday.

The policeman, who was not named, received a minor sanction that was suspended for appearing in the show, which was not identified.

The matter came to light as the internal affairs unit of the real-life Paris police force investigated 250 off-duty police officers who appeared as extras in a gritty French cop film that hit cinemas two weeks ago.

The moonlighting officers were being scrutinised to make sure they broke no rules during the filming of "36 Quai des Orfevres", a gritty drama that stars Gerard Depardieu and depicts a violent underbelly to the Paris police force.

French policemen and women are permitted to appear as extras in their free time as long as they don't break service regulations, such as wearing their real uniforms or sidearms on camera - or turn up on set while supposedly being off work ill.

 

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Subject: French News

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