Four months after the riots which shook France, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne presented her “anti-riot plan” on October 26 as well as financial aid to the suburbs concerned. Measures which are not unanimous among elected officials.
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From the Parisian university, the head of government presented his “anti-riot plan” to the mayors on October 26. Measures which are intended to be a response to the nights of riots, ransacking of public buildings and looting, which shook many French cities at the end of June. Riots, the damage of which was estimated at 650 million euros by insurers, following the death of young Nahel, killed by police shooting in the Paris suburbs.
In order to respond to this “crisis of authority”, Élisabeth Borne notably announced that the fine for non-compliance with the curfew will be increased to 750 euros and that supervision by the military will be “considered” for young people. delinquents “in order to transmit values of discipline and self-improvement”.
A hit to the wallets of the most disadvantaged?
Announcements which are far from having convinced all elected officials and observers of political life, according to some of their reactions on October 27, particularly on the left where an unequal and authoritarian measure is denounced. An order unequal and discriminatory for the inhabitants of working-class neighborhoods,” denounces France Insoumise MP Rachel Keke on X.
Guest of the public service, Stéphane Troussel, socialist president of Seine Saint-Denis, denounced “infantile injunctions”, regretting that these measures could concern “especially the children of the poor”. A criticism partly echoed by the communist mayor of Bonneuil-sur-Marne, Denis Öztorun Ömür, who at the microphone of Jean-Jacques Bourdin recommends “helping parents rather than punishing them”, drawing particular attention to the difficulties single-parent families.
Facing him, the Republican Bruno Beschizza, mayor of Aulnay-Sous-Bois, stressed that in view of the damage suffered by his commune, he “already made 1/10th of the envelope” of 100 million euros announced by the Prime Minister for the repair of buildings affected during the riots.
“Lax” and “distressingly worthless”
Others, however, believe that these measures are far from up to par. “It looks like social assistance monitored by McKinsey,” jokes columnist Guillaume Bigot, also a member of the Popular Front, on Sud Radio. The latter criticizes a “lax” and “depressingly null” discourse, emphasizing in passing that the financial responsibility of parents generally stops at their solvency.
“If we increase the fines for non-compliance with curfews, it is because we expect to have to introduce future curfews,” estimated for his part a journalist from the political service of RTL, seeing these measures more as “preparation” than means of “avoiding” future riots. A return of the notion of curfew in the public debate which worried others like the president of the Patriots Florian Philippot who sees it as a calculation by the executive.
Still others perceive these measures as déjà vu. On social networks, Internet users point out that the responsibility of parents for acts committed by their children is already enshrined in the Civil Code. Same thing regarding the supervision by the army which since 2005 has been training and resocializing young adult volunteers through Intensive Integration Centers (Epides).