Urban violence will not go unpunished, assures Jean Castex

Jean Castex in Beauvais, during the Beauvau de la Sécurité, March 5, 2021. – AFP

“Nothing will go unpunished” and “the republican law will always have the last word”, assured Prime Minister Jean Castex this Friday during a trip to Beauvais (Oise), for a round table of “Beauvau of security”, a few days after urban violence in a district of the city.

“Nothing will go unpunished, the last word will always be the law,” he assured alongside the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin during a visit to the Beauvais police station and to the departmental CCTV supervision center. “We understood that urban violence was linked to the fierce fight against all forms of trafficking. We disturb. There are violent reactions; we are going to strengthen our means of action in the fight against narcotics, ”he added at the opening of the round table.

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Gérald Darmanin defended the use of drones by the police and the gendarmerie, a controversial proposal contained in the Global Security bill. Recalling that the national strength of the security forces were to be increased by 10,000 over the five-year term, Jean Castex announced that “ten additional police officers” would be deployed in Beauvais, and recalled that the annual justice budget had been increased by 8%.

“I am not a repression fanatic for the sake of repression. I want there to be a fair sentence, and a simple sentence, “said the Prime Minister, but” we ensure that the penalties incurred against those who commit insults, offenses and crimes against the forces of order are heavier ”.

Three police officers were slightly injured on Sunday in the Saint-Jean district in Beauvais, including two by mortar fire. They had intervened for a vehicle fire and garbage can fires ignited by “about thirty individuals dressed in dark clothes and with their faces hidden”, who threw “various projectiles” at them, forcing them “to use bullet launchers. defense and de-encircling grenades ”, according to the public prosecutor in Beauvais, Caroline Tharot.

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