Riots in France have already put 350 people in jail


The Prime Minister, Élisabeth Borne, indicated this Tuesday that until yesterday about 700 people had been brought before a magistrate with a view to their indictment and another 800 were waiting.

Borne, who was appearing at the government control session in the National Assembly, recalled that the head of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti, issued a circular addressed to prosecutors asking them for “a quick, firm and systematic response for all the perpetrators”. of altercations.

This circular also includes a directive to claim criminal sanctions for the parents of minors who do not care to control them and who let them participate in the riots that have been taking place since June 27, when a 17-year-old boy died of a shot of a policeman in Nanterre trying to escape from a control with a car that he was driving without a license.

Since then, almost 3,500 people have been arrested, the vast majority very young, since the average age is 17 years; about a third are minors, who cannot be tried by the immediate appearance procedure or go to jail.

The Prime Minister insisted on the message that “this violence has nothing to do with a revolt in sensitive” neighborhoods, as she has been able to verify in the visits she has made, in which what she has perceived from the population is “misunderstanding” and “anger”.

“This violence does not represent the youth”

“This violence is inexcusable and does not represent the youth of our country,” stressed Borne, who charged against the deputies of La Francia Insumisa (LFI), in particular against its leader, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, for not wanting to join the calls to calm and for his constant criticism of police action.

“They look for culprits in all the republican institutions, but not among the perpetrators of the violence,” he snapped at the president of the LFI group in the National Assembly, Mathilde Panot, whom he reproached for opting for “verbal brutality” and by “the constant excuse of violence.”

“While you give excuses to the culprits, we strive to restore republican order,” he concluded.

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At the same time, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, gathered in Paris 300 mayors of towns affected by the riots, to whom he told that their “absolute priority” is to restore order in a lasting manner, although he was “very prudent”. about whether that’s going to come in the next few days and the next few weeks.

Damage in Nanterre
Destruction in Nanterre. BLAZETRENDS/EPA/Mohammed Badra

An urgent law for the reconstruction of what was destroyed in the riots in France

The number of detainees on the night from Monday to Tuesday, 72, is clearly lower than the 157 of the previous night and the 400 of the previous one. In this context, the circulation of buses and trams, which was restricted to prevent night attacks, will be extended until 10:00 p.m.

Macron promised mayors an urgent law to speed up the reconstruction of everything that has been destroyed in the last week, including several hundred public buildings, such as town halls, schools, libraries or police stations.

Hundreds of shops have been looted and several thousand vehicles set on fire. The employers’ association Medef calculates that the economic damages already exceed 1,000 million euros (1,090 million dollars), without taking into account the possible impact on the image of France, with the effect that this may have on tourism in the first place.

In this regard, the Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, advanced that a staggering of the payment of the social or tax contributions of the affected companies and even the cancellation will be examined, a decision that will be made “case by case”.

“We will do everything necessary so that economic activity can be resumed as quickly as possible,” Le Maire said on a visit to the city of Arpajon, in the Paris region.

The minister announced that the insurance companies have agreed to increase the term for submitting a claim declaration from five to thirty days and prompt compensation.

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