The immigrant neighbourhoods of Marseille experienced a new weekend of violence. In two days, about ten people were wounded by bullets in the northern districts of the city, reported Le Parisien. The situation has “angered” the Socialist senator of the city, Samia Ghali.
The politician, raised by Algerian grandparents, previously served as the Mayor of the 15th and 16th arrondissements of Marseille. Earlier she had suggested that the French Army be sent to the neighbourhoods of Northern Marseille to put an end to drug-trafficking, but in June 2015, her own chauffeur was arrested by the French police in a drug-trafficking raid in La Castellane. She then claimed she was “shocked” and “astounded” by the news.
In a fresh statement, the former mayor of the 8th arrondissement called for the “immediate holding of an interdepartmental security committee for Marseille, accompanied by a clear and coordinated plan at the highest level of the state, to finally free the inhabitants from this permanent state of being hostages”.
In her remarks, the Socialist senator expressed her “indignation” at the lack of “awareness of the seriousness of the scenes of war that have been striking Marseille”. She also denounces a “deficit of means and security policy ” in the city as the “banditry continues to take precedence over public order”.
In the night from Saturday to Sunday, two men aged 19 and 21 were shot in the legs, not far from an area known for drug trafficking. At the same time, in the 14th district, emergency crews were called for an alleged apartment fire, but finally found two injured men struck by bullets and two others with stabbing wounds.
On Sunday again, in the city of Rosiers (14th arrondissement), a man of 22 years was also seriously injured by gunshots. In the early evening, the firemen intervened in a fight between rival gangs in the Sainte-Marthe neighbourhood.
Five men between the ages of 23 and 39 were affected by “small arms fire” . The settling of accounts have been plaguing the city. In 2018, 25 people lost their lives, shot in Marseille or nearby, revealed France Bleu.