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Emmanuel Macron during a visit to security and the fight against drug trafficking in the Castellane district of Marseille, March 19, 2024.

One hundred and nineteen arrests, 87 police custody, the seizure of twenty-two.5 kilos of hashish, 938 grams of cocaine, 402,745 euros, 13 automobiles, 4 weapons… This time, the outcomes weren’t sufficient to defuse the criticism after the spectacular “Place Net XXL” operation which mobilized almost 1,000 cops in Marseille on Monday March 18 and Tuesday March 19. On website, Emmanuel Macron, flanked by his ministers of the inside and justice, welcomed the success of the operation. But if the complete political class underlines the necessity to combat towards the affect of drug trafficking in France, the strategy doesn’t appear to draw extra unanimous assist than the communication organized across the occasion.

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“In reality it’s S, operation small”, joked about France inter Marine Le Pen, boss of the National Rally group on the National Assembly, Wednesday March 20. For the “rebellious” deputy from the North Ugo Bernalicis“this agitation is nothing other than a snub to the judicial authority, which is responsible for pursuing criminal action, with a lamentable communication aspect”.

For months, the chief has been hammering out a vigorous argument from which the well being penalties are sometimes evacuated – France is the second largest European client of hashish and has 600,000 cocaine customers – and the social dimensions of trafficking. “That’s the problem, mocks Mr. Bernalicis, is that public services made a clear presence in these neighborhoods well before the police. »

Lucid pessimism

In Marseille, the presence of the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, alongside MM. Macron and Darmanin appeared above all as a call to order for local magistrates, whose lucid pessimism had burst forth during a hearing by the Senate commission of inquiry into drug trafficking on March 6. “I fear we are losing the war against traffickers,” estimated Isabelle Couderc, vice-president of the organized crime unit of the specialised interregional jurisdiction of Marseille. “For my part, I cannot give in to any speech of defeat”cropped the President of the Republic from the Castellane district.

According to the each day Provence, Gérald Darmanin had nevertheless ordered a large-scale operation throughout his go to to Marseille in January, placing ahead the target of reaching the symbolic determine of 100 arrests. A message all the higher obtained as the brand new police prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône is none apart from Pierre-Edouard Colliex, coming instantly from the minister's workplace the place he served as police advisor till February. “The only answer [au trafic]it is a concrete response, of questions and results”, estimated the latter on BFM-TV the day after the “Place Net XXL” in Marseille.

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