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Police StoriesBuilding the French State, 1815-1851$
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John Merriman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195072532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072532.001.0001

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Policing the Daily Lives of Local People

Policing the Daily Lives of Local People

(p.141) 6 Policing the Daily Lives of Local People
Police Stories

John Merriman (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the daily routines of policing France's growing urban world. Prostitution, illegal gambling, notorious drinking spots, the brawling rivalries between groups of artisans, or compagnons, the surveillance of ex-convicts, and the search for missing persons were part of the expected work of policemen. But there was also the unexpected, as commissaires de police confronted the tragedies of fires, suicides, infanticide, and child abandonment.

Keywords:   prostitutes, illegal gambling, crime, drunkenness, artisans, compagnons, former convicts, forçats libérés, missing persons, commissaires de police

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