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My New Partner (Orig. Les Ripoux), also known as Le Cop, is a 1984 French movie directed by Claude Zidi. It won the César Award for Best Film in 1985, and features a notable performance by Philippe Noiret.

Two sequels were later made: Ripoux contre Ripoux and Ripou 3.


The French title "Les Ripoux" means "The Rotten Cops". The term is verlan, a type of slang where syllables of words are pronounced backwards. "Ripoux" is an inversion of "pourris," which means "rotten".

In this comedy, Noiret plays a streetwise Paris policeman who takes kickbacks from the minor criminals on his beat to allow them to continue. At the start of the film, his partner is busted for corruption and he narrowly escapes. He is assigned an idealistic new partner fresh from police academy. He sets out to corrupt his new partner and, after a slow start, succeeds spectacularly.

Awards and nominations

  • César Awards (France)
    • Won: Best Director (Claude Zidi)
    • Won: Best Editing (Nicole Saunier)
    • Won: Best Film
    • Nominated: Best Actor – Leading Role (Philippe Noiret)
    • Nominated: Best Writing – Original (Claude Zidi)

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Preceded by
Le Bal and À nos amours
César Award for Best Film
Succeeded by
Trois hommes et un couffin


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