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Delinquency in France explodes in 2020

Since the beginning of January, in France, murders, the settling of scores and other attacks have completely exploded.

Published: February 11, 2020, 9:31 am

    Paris

    The year 2020 starts on a sad note for the French. The delinquency record in France in 2019 was already appalling, but this year could break all previous records.

    Since January, figures from the police and the gendarmerie, which French daily Le Figaro has been able to consult, revealed an explosion of violence on a daily basis, including the most serious offenses.

    For example, the number of settling of accounts, murders or attempted murders jumped 18,7 percent in one month, with 380 cases in January, against 320 in the same period the previous year. The intentional assault and battery cases peaked at 140 attacks per day on average, an increase of 21 percent.

    Hostage taking (+ 36,8 percent), kidnapping (+ 13,7 percent), threats and blackmail (+ 9,6 percent) also increased considerably. Even armed robberies, which had fallen considerably in recent years, started to rise again in January (+ 5,9 percent) while thefts with knives are also more and more numerous (+ 21,6 percent). And despite the Yellow Vest movement, acts of vandalism were down (- 2,9 percent), as were reports of carrying and possession of prohibited weapons.

    But this is the only positive point of this worrying assessment, since sexual offenses increased by 14 percent, burglaries by 2,6 percent, pickpocketing by 16,4 percent and theft of vehicles by 4,4 percent.

    The assessment of this beginning of the year is so terrible that certain specialists wonder: “if this under-performance reflected above all the importance of the postponements in the recording of facts committed in reality last year?”

    According to a criminologist, speaking to Le Figaro, indeed the carry-over of end-of-year 2019 offenses to January to lighten the annual toll of last year has already happened in the past, even if the Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior Laurent Nuñez recently assured the public that these shenanigans were no longer used.

    The Castaner-Nuñez duo is particularly unpopular. At the beginning of February, in the JDD, former minister Xavier Bertrand published a column in which he deplored the ambient “laissez-faire” and pointed to an executive particularly “uncomfortable with these questions about governance”.

    The Minister of the Interior and his Secretary of State replied to him the following week, in another column published in the JDD, accusing him of “a lot of approximation and lies, and a little regal varnish on [the] back [of the police]”.

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