A 14-year-old boy, seriously injured, was between life and death Monday after a new brawl between gangs of young people in the Paris region, where two college students were fatally stabbed in February.
“Four minors were taken into custody” after the clash which occurred in Champigny-sur-Marne, a dozen kilometers east of Paris, said a police source.
A 14-year-old boy was seriously injured in the chest with a stabbing weapon and “his prognosis is threatened”, according to the same source. The teenager went into cardiac arrest and was revived by firefighters, another source familiar with the matter said.
He was hospitalized at the CHU Henri-Mondor in Créteil, while another 16-year-old minor, injured during the same brawl, was taken to the Kremlin-Bicêtre hospital, police said.
The violent clash occurred around 6 p.m. in the city center of Champigny-sur-Marne, where at least fifteen young people from separate neighborhoods clashed, the Créteil prosecutor’s office told AFP. The investigation was entrusted to the territorial security of Val-de-Marne.
– Rival neighborhoods –
The two injured are from the two rival districts of Boullereaux and Mordacs, according to the mayor of the city of 77,000 inhabitants, Laurent Jeanne (Libres!), Joined by AFP.
“We have known an upsurge in these gang phenomena for at least a year, I regret that we cannot stop them and that again this violence is becoming a banality”, added the city councilor.
In June, in Champigny-sur-Marne, two young people were injured in a brawl on the outskirts of a college. About twenty teenagers from the city and La Queue-en-Brie had made an appointment via social networks to do battle with iron bars and sticks.
The president of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse (Libres!), Reacted on Twitter by writing: “the gang war continues with two seriously injured minors”.
On February 22 and 23, two fatal fights occurred in the neighboring department of Essonne: a schoolgirl had received a fatal stab in the small town of Saint-Chéron then a boy was stabbed to death in Boussy-Saint- Antoine, during violent separate fights.
Thirteen minors in total were indicted for these two tragedies, which occurred in two towns 45 kilometers away.
This violence has become a political issue.
On Twitter, Valérie Pécresse wrote that Laurent Jeanne, mayor of Champigny-sur-Marne since June, was going to create “an armed municipal police”.
Jordan Bardella, number two of the National Rally, for his part demanded on Twitter a “judicial turn of the screw”, saying that the main cause of the brawls was “the certainty of impunity” for the minors involved.
On March 1, the Ministers of the Interior, Justice and Education met to decree the general mobilization of the government against the phenomenon of brawls between young people. A plan to fight gangs must be adopted by May 1.
According to the Interior Ministry, three people were killed and 218 wounded during clashes between gangs recorded last year.