He told RT France there are “nudist beaches” in France, but “Islamic beaches” are not tolerated and therefore urban violence was needed.
In the town of Chanteloup-Les-Vignes, in the Yvelines, on Saturday, November 2, a fire station was targeted by mortar fire, and a marquee burned to ashes in scenes reminiscent of guerrilla warfare. According to William Blanchet, the departmental secretary general of the SGP Police union interviewed by France 3, police were ambushed.
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Many French residents expressed their distress at the increasingly recurrent urban violence. But not everyone condemned the perpetrators of these acts. Mayor Catherine Arenou, said the fire was “deliberate” because “it was found that two fires were started on two sides” of the building. The images of the fire were widely relayed on social networks by Internet users.
“Young people here are fed up with being viewed as Arabs, as immigrants, as sons of immigrants, as delinquents. So they have only one answer, it is to burn everything. If you have to touch people’s wallets, they will do it, there is no problem. […] What we want you to understand is that we are fed up. There are nudist beaches, I do not see why there should be no Islamic beaches,” an Arab resident of the city complained.
French residents of Chanteloup-Les-Vignes, however, condemned the violence. “Justice must really be applied firmly. We need sanctions, the culprits must be found and punished severely because if there is still this sense of impunity that remains, it will start again and tomorrow another public equipment will be vandalized and destroyed,” said a resident.
Another inhabitant exclaimed: “What image are we going to give Chanteloup-Les-Vignes? There are the municipal elections that will soon take place. If you are 18 years old, go and pick up your [electoral] card.”
FranceInfo also interviewed several inhabitants of the city. “We feel that there is tension. We feel every evening that things are ready to blow up again. On Saturday night, we had no doubts. We felt that it was going to start again,” a resident explained and added: “It has always been volatile, Chanteloup, to tell the truth. There are flares from time to time, opportunities like that and the little ones come out. Hooded, with sticks, stones, fireworks and they will confront the police.”
Visiting Seine-Saint-Denis on Monday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said: “We obviously deplore these imbecile and violent acts […] I believe that in truth it is a small band of fools and irresponsible ones who think that breaking everything is a way to get things done,” he said, referring to “tensions partly related to the very intense effort we are taking against narcotics”.
The Prime Minister continued: “We are well aware that when we jostle with drug trafficking, it creates tension […]. But we are determined to stop this traffic and to ensure that order is respected and restored.”
Nudist beaches have a clearly defined status in France, while Islamist beaches do not. “If they want Islamist beaches, they just need to apply to their country of origin, since most return regularly, and they can even demonstrate in their own country,” a French inhabitant noted.
Meanwhile, the host of CNews was shocked when the Moroccan-born journalist Zineb El Rhazoui called on the police to fire “live ammunition” on “scum” who attack the police.
El Rhazoui, Charlie Hebdo’s former journalist, was invited to CNews to speak about to the traps and ambushes that are regularly set for police in Chanteloup-les-Vignes and Mantes-la-Jolie. (Yvelines).
“On the events in Mantes-la-Jolie, an ambush was organized around a police patrol by a hundred scum. […] On social networks, people from all walks of life were absolutely unanimous, the police must fire live ammunition in these cases,” she said live, explaining that “the American police would have fired live ammunition for much less than that”.
Her statement angered the whole television studio. Host Pascal Praud responded: “It will not be said on this set or on the CNews antenna that live ammunition must be fired at the protesters.”
The “protesters” in Mantes-la-Jolie and Chanteloup-les-Vignes, used Molotov cocktails, rocks and mortars to attack the forces of the order and several of them were wounded by these projectiles.
Michel Aubouin, former prefect and specialist in territorial administration, suburbs and urban violence, said the soft policy of the city has been a total failure.
He said the violence and arson “sounded the death knell of a policy implemented in the early 80s and which, despite the budgetary means that have been devoted to it, never showed its effectiveness”.
Some 900 000 euros invested in cultural equipment was reduced to ashes by a criminal gang because they do not want to be dislodged from a neighbourhood where their drug business is flourishing.
“Those who committed this rampage were too young to have participated in the riots of 2005, but the origins are the same: young men out of school, unwilling to work and who have appropriated the neighbourhood in which they live by trafficking narcotics. The police are the enemy because it is the only force that still dares to brave them,” says Aubouin.
Chanteloup-les-Vignes has been presented as exemplary in integrating migrants. The district has benefited from very heavy investment. But “the destruction demonstrates, once again, that the soft approach used since the beginning by the policy theorists of the city, all governments, is not the good one.
“It is not urbanism that creates delinquency, nor is it unemployment or poverty. The President of the Republic probably had the intuition when he refused the report of Jean-Louis Borloo, recycling the same old ideas that have been used only to swallow the money of the State and that of local communities,” Aubouin explained.
According to the former prefect, the criminals of Chanteloup-les-Vignes are not teenagers, as we often told by the mainstream media. They also know that it is rare to be condemned for acts of collective violence, since the criminal law, rightly, knows only the individual responsibility.
“A few more police on the ground will not change anything, as custody scares only honest people. It is our legal system that is powerless,” according to Aubouin.