top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon

Airbag jackets for motorcycle police

New jacket inflates on impact to protect the neck, back, sides and chest

MOTORCYCLE police in France are to be equipped with new protective gear from next month - including a jacket with built-in airbag.

The new outfit will be handed out to all 2,400 bikers in the national police force. The innovative new jacket inflates on impact, protecting the neck, back, sides and chest.

The airbag jacket is already being worn by gendarmes and customs officers on motorbikes and has now been extended to national police. About 50 police officers are injured in motorcycle accidents each year.

Several other improvements have been made to the uniform. Patrick Charles Darras, assistant director at the police's central procurement unit Saelsi, told Europe 1 radio: "Everything is new in this outfit. The boots are shorter - the public will not see the long riding boots they are used to.

"There are also new all-weather motorcycle trousers, with reinforced protection around the knee."

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Visa and residency cards for France*
Featured Help Guide
- Visas and residency cards (cartes de séjour) for France help guide - Understand when visas and residency cards are required to move to France or come for an extended stay - Applies to Britons (post-Brexit) and to all other non-EU/non-EEA/Swiss nationalities - Useful to anyone considering a move to France, whether for work or otherwise, or wanting to spend more than three months at their French second home
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now