Questioned by BFMTV, the prefect of police of Bouches-du-Rhône affirmed that there would be no “zone of lawlessness in Marseille”. The association of angry police officers UPNI sees red and denounces a political gesticulation.
While a second visit by the President of the Republic in just one month is announced for October 15 and 16 in the Phocaean city, the Bouches-du-Rhône police prefect Frédérique Camilleri affirmed at the microphone of BFMTV that he did not There would be no “no-go zone in Marseille”.
“The police intervene in Marseilles every day everywhere and very clearly, the police are everywhere at home in the Marseilles cities. […] There is no lawless zone in Marseille and it is a daily task of shelling the drug trafficking that we carry out with the Marseille police, ”argues the official before also emphasizing that 1,000 traffickers have been arrested since the start of 2021 and 400 weapons seized.
The “Marseille en grand” plan in the background
The media pressure is strong on the government which wishes to demonstrate the quality of the effort accomplished on the spot with the objective of the presidential one in sight and the recent announcement of a plan “Marseilles en grand” budgeted to the tune of 1 , 5 billion euros in the fields of security, education, transport, housing and hospitals.
Another prefect (in addition to the police and regional prefects) was even appointed to the Council of Ministers at the beginning of October to assure the central power that this plan would be carried out.
The words of the police chief, however, arouse a bitter smile on the side of the Union of Independent National Police Officers (UPNI) through the voice of its spokesperson, former commander Jean-Pierre Colombiès.
The prefect does not mention the minors of 12 or 14 years who are the mules for the traffickers
With RT France, this former of the northern districts of Marseille who grew up there and worked for the national police reacted to these statements: “She makes me laugh the poor prefect with his figures … Listening to him, Emmanuel Macron would not even need to return to Marseille since they have arrested all the dealers! ” “She’s under pressure on her job, so she reports on her activity as best she can, but we know very well that these numbers unfortunately have no impact on actual traffic. It feels like prohibition days in the United States when you photographed police officers destroying beer kegs, but that doesn’t solve anything! Macron has come, Macron will come back … so what? It is null and void, it is political posturing, spectacle, it is the Macron show that continues, ”he also laments.
The former police commander also castigates the criminal procedures he considers flawed: “The prefect does not mention the minors of 12 or 14 years who play the mules for the traffickers in the cities because they do not risk anything! These do not appear anywhere and do not fit into any of the prefect’s huts. ” “Whether she goes to cities like Félix Pyat or la Castellane at nightfall, without a police escort, she will see if there is no law-free zone in Marseille! The law of the Republic is no longer valid in certain sectors of the city, it is over. The proof is that we need entire CRS companies to secure certain areas when it is not their job to do daily police or anti-stupidity, ”he concludes with exasperation. .