In a video posted on Twitter, a policewoman strokes a black rabbit presented as "Marinette" – the pin-up bunny of the Police Nationale's recruitment drive.
And underqualified rabbits need not apply: the French police's interview process is notoriously rigorous; they will not be fooled by imposters.
"It is true that in the police we mostly know the work of dogs but today we are calling for new recruits like Marinette," says the officer in the one-minute video that received more than 5,000 likes on Monday.
Police praised rabbits for their agility, hearing and smelling capabilities, which are "30 times superior to that of dogs".
[LA POLICE ÉVOLUE] Des lapins intègrent la #police !Police nationale (@PoliceNationale) April 1, 2019
Qualités olfactives, auditives, agilité... Les lapins sont de précieux compagnons dans nos missions.#LaPoliceRecrute 👉 Votre lapin est motivé pour rejoindre l’une de nos brigades léporiphiles ? Envoyez-nous sa candidature ! pic.twitter.com/CmJyrQQR55
The hiring campaign was one of many outlandish new initiatives traditionally announced on 1 April in France, known as a poisson d'avril.
In another, Belgium is to take over the Tour de France.
RBTF website wrote Monday that in a fit of revenge, Belgians would now run the 21-stage cycling tournament instead of their historic rivals.
The competition, as always, will take place in July, they announced.