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French PM urges 'severe punishment' for New Year's Eve police attackers

The French prime minister has called for those behind a New Year's Eve attack on two police officers which was captured in a video that went viral to be punished with "great judicial severity".

Edouard Philippe spoke on France 2 television after the assault in Champigny-sur-Marne gathered nationwide attention.

The attackers have not yet been identified and authorities are continuing their inquiries.

Dozens of police officers have taken part in demonstrations in several cities across France since the attack, demanding justice for the targeted officers and greater protection from the government.

In October 2016, a Molotov cocktail attack on police officers also triggered widespread protests.

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