Deterioration in appearance of the gendarmes

Happier days: the képi as sported by Inspector Jacques Clouseau

Dalrymple writes:

Gone is the reassuring képi in favour of the moron’s baseball cap.

Many of the French police have given up trying to look the part and simply wear international slum-costume. They

dress in jeans with a black shirt with the word POLICE across its back.

This is not difficult to imitate,

and makes it impossible to know whether a policeman really is a policeman or a lout in disguise.

The moron’s baseball cap

Thug’s uniform

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