PARIS, April 21 (UPI) -- Officials with France's CRS riot police said officers will no longer be able to drink wine or beer with their lunches while on duty.
Hubert Weigel, head of the CRS, said officers will no longer be entitled to the "beer or a quarter liter (about 1 cup) of wine" with lunch promised to them by a 1989 directive, France 24 reported Thursday.
Didier Mangione, a representative of the CRS trade union, said the new rules were based on an "exaggeration."
He said recently released pictures of officers drinking while having lunch on duty had "upset the management of the CRS far more than public opinion."
"Decisions like these should be based on studies of the actual negative effects (of a small amount of alcohol). There are none," Mangione said. "This ban should be withdrawn, especially if the drink is being consumed with a meal away from the public eye."