France: Elysée guards threaten strike as un-stylish body armour, machine guns make working conditions intolerable

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Elysée guards ‘sick of heavy and sweaty gear’

Members of the nearly 200-strong contingent of presidential guards say heavy machine guns are leaving them in pain and sweaty bullet proof vests are resulting in spotty skin – basically making their working conditions “intolerable” in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a report has claimed.

According to reports in France on Wednesday the officers have logged complaints about their working conditions and are reportedly mulling possible strike action.