Mayors are fearful about seeing their law enforcement officials “sucked in” by the Olympic safety system | EUROtoday

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Near Calais (Pas-de-Calais), April 23, 2024.

Fortunately, reassures the mayor of Nîmes, Jean-Paul Fournier (Les Républicains, LR), the Feria falls early this yr (from May 16 to twenty, for the primary half). She will due to this fact be capable to stand with “some additional reinforcements” police, he informed the native media Objective GardApril 15: “Canceling the fair, with a million people over five days, would have had consequences on our economic fabric”he emphasizes.

But for the concert events of the Nîmes Festival, which might be held in July within the Arena, it’s one other matter. Due to the Olympic Games (JO) in Paris, “nearly 40% of Nîmes police officers had to be recruited”, the elected official is alarmed in the identical interview. Figure instantly contested by the Gard prefecture, which evokes the mobilization of“on average 15% of the total departmental workforce” and till “18%” Nîmes law enforcement officials from July 22 to 25.

Mr. Fournier will not be the one one to fret, nevertheless. Many mayors concern seeing their police forces being “sucked in” by the safety system that might be deployed this summer time within the capital. This is after all the case for individuals who are getting ready to obtain vacationers on the coast. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, had additionally warned within the fall of 2022 “that there will be no beach CRS” the yr of the Games.

” Contempt “

Same concern elsewhere in France. When he found within the press that “50% of the police force will be absent from the city” through the summer time, the blood of the assorted right-wing mayor of Limoges solely made one flip. He wrote to Gérald Darmanin on April 9. To his “Dear Gerald”Emile Roger Lombertie criticizes having left the administration “treat with such contempt” the elected officers, who have been neither knowledgeable nor ready, he deplores.

And he apostrophes: “What should we do in the event of problems like we experienced last summer [durant les émeutes urbaines de juin 2023] since no law enforcement force will be available? Should we de facto accept that citizens who are exasperated and disturbed day and night take justice into their own hands? »he wrote, assuring that, from then on, he would see himself “obligated to stand alongside the threatened population to defend its security”.

The mayor of Limoges recollects that his metropolis is residence to “nine priority neighborhoods, which exploded in summer 2023”. “If we do not have sufficient national police officersexplains Emile Roger Lombertie, We will call the municipal police. But she doesn’t have the same skills…”

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