French postal deliveries suspended to crime-ridden Muslim district
Chronopost, a French courier will no longer deliver packages to the migrant-dominated Seine-Saint-Denis district just outside Paris because the area has become too dangerous, French radio broadcaster FranceInfo reported.
Published: November 21, 2017, 10:37 am
The company announced their new safety measures just last week, alerting residents that in future packages will only be delivered to designated safe pick-up locations.
Chronopost, a subsidiary of the French postal service La Poste, is 73.7 per cent owned by the French government.
The danger to their delivery drivers has become too high to maintain a service in the area, they say. Last year, 51 Chronopost delivery drivers were attacked while on the job.
Laurent Russie, the Communist Party mayor of Seine-Saint-Denis, sharply criticised the company’s decision: “It is totally abnormal that a part of the city so small is no longer delivered to by what I continue to consider as a public service.”
Russie blamed the company for the rise in crime, suggesting “the disappearance of public services leads to insecurity”.
Seine-Saint-Denis has long been described as a no-go zone, but it is the first time that an entire district has been listed as off-limits by the delivery service.
Seine St Denis, with eighteen crimes per thousand inhabitants tops the list. Followed closely behind, is Les Bouches-du-Rhône, which includes Muslim-dominated Marseille with its thirty deaths by firearm in 2016.
Marseille boasts a similarly unenviable crime rate: eleven acts of violence per thousand inhabitants, the National Observatory of Delinquency and Criminal Responses (ONDRP), led by Christophe Soullez, told Le Figaro.
Postal workers as well as the police in the area are regularly attacked. But Madjid Messaoudene, councilor delegate for equal rights in Saint-Denis, is angry about Chronopost’s decision. “We can not condemn an entire sector because a delivery man has been attacked.”
On January 4, 2017, a driver was “assaulted by three individuals” in Saint-Denis. “Beaten” then “immobilized against a wall”, the driver was severly injured, before being robbed of his goods. Sadly, he was one of at least 51 suffering the same fate.
The company cited disturbing figures: over the last two years, violent robberies have increased by 40 percent in Île-de-France, and by 60 percent overall in the country.
Firefighters still have the obligation to enter into such areas, but they go there with an armed police escort. The police also make incursions, but when they do, they are attacked with stones. Molotov cocktails are also thrown at their cars, journalist Benoît Rayski explained.
Radical Islam has taken root in Seine-Saint-Denis, French President Emmanuel Macron admitted last week. “Radicalisation has taken hold because the French Republic has given up,” Macron said. “And we allowed, in too many cities, too many districts, representatives of a distortion of a religion who are full of hate and disenfranchisement to provide solutions that the Republic no longer gives.”
Quoting police sources close to a recent terror probe, the French daily, Le Parisien said intentions of nine suspects arrested last week, some from Seine St Denis, had “become firm” to launch yet another terror attack on French soil.
AFP reported that another planned attack on the city of Nice had been thwarted after successful raids in the greater Paris region of Île-de-France, citing Seine St Denis. According to BFM TV those arrested are suspected of planning and preparing such an act.
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