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The Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories, Gérald Darmanin, during a visit to the gendarmerie in Pont-de-Salars, in the southwest of France, on April 25, 2024.

After Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior, established a curfew for minors in Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe, so as to struggle towards delinquency, a number of right-wing and far-right mayors introduced that they needed to impose an identical system of their municipalities. Questioned on this topic by France 3 Occitanie, Friday April 25, Mr. Darmanin mentioned “favorable” to curfews elsewhere in France.

Declarant “that it is not normal for children, adolescents, minors to be in the street at midnight, one o'clock, two o'clock in the morning” whereas they “must be at home, sleep, go to school the next day”the minister declared: “When there are things like this [des violences] (…) – this may be the case in other parts of the national territory – I am in favor of the curfew which affects minors”.

“Mayors have the authority to issue orders, in fact, like the State, to prevent these minors from being outside, particularly those under 13 years old. (…). I support them and the prefects of the Republic will support them »he added, while specifying “that it is obviously necessary that the administrative court, if seized, be able to [vérifier] that there be no excess of power.”

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“Completely reasonable people”, in line with Darmanin

Last week, the Minister of the Interior ordered the institution for 2 months of a curfew for minors underneath the age of 18 from 8 p.m. in Pointe-à-Pitre, in Gaudeloupe, so as to struggle towards delinquency. “We are very struck by the fact that minors are extremely numerous in delinquency unfortunately, in Guadeloupe in general and in Pointe-à-Pitre in particular”argued Mr. Darmanin.

Following this announcement, the mayor of Béziers, Robert Ménard, declared on Tuesday that he had established a curfew for minors underneath the age of 13 in “three priority neighborhoods” from their metropolis, from 11 p.m. to six a.m., until accompanied by an grownup. In his decree, the town councilor justifies his choice by “increasing number of young minors left to their own devices in the middle of the night”in addition to by a “worsening number of facts”specifically “urban violence”citing a faculty hearth 4 years in the past, in 2019, and the “July 2023 riots”.

Other mayors, impressed by the announcement of the Minister of the Interior then the initiative of the councilor of Béziers, previously near Mme Le Pen, additionally introduced such measures, just like the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi (Horizons), who on the identical day welcomed the initiative of the mayor of Béziers on BFM-TV, and introduced his need to ascertain a curfew ” in all the city “ for unaccompanied minors underneath 13 years outdated.

According to Gérald Darmanin, mayors who implement such measures “are completely reasonable people”. “I heard what the mayor of Béziers said. I want to say that I support these initiatives, even if obviously it is not up to the State to replace all the territories and all the municipalities”declared the Minister of the Interior on this topic.

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