‘Hunter militia’ claim fake news, says gendarmerie

Hunters have been trained to watch for signs of crime

Gendarmes have defended the Chasseurs Vigilants project which has trained 161 hunters to help fight crime but has been denounced by animal and human rights charities as an “armed militia”.

Oise commander Colonel François Brémond said stories about armed brigades were “fake news” as the hunters will not be out in special groups but just asked to keep an eye out during normal activities

He told gendarmerie journal L’Essor that hunters can observe things that might seem suspicious but they have been told never to intervene.

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