The George Floyd protests in the United States have inspired countries around the world to take a closer look at their own problems with police brutality and racism. In France, thousands have recently taken to the streets to demand justice for Adama Traoré, a Frenchman of African origin who died in police custody in 2016. But how similar are the French and American experiences with policing and racial injustice?
To learn more, GZERO's Alex Kliment sat down with Mathieu Zagrodzki, a lecturer on policing and sociology at the University of Versailles. France has far fewer police killings than the US, Zagrodzki says, but he also points out a peculiarity of the French system that makes it impossible for the government know how extensive racial discrimination by the police might actually be.