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Members of the municipal police control a young person in a street while a nighttime curfew for children under 13 was put in place by decree in the city of Nice, on April 2, 2024.

For now, there are solely a handful. Following the entry into drive of an evening curfew for minors on April 22, in sure districts of Pointe-à-Pitre and Abymes (Guadeloupe), some metropolitan cities adopted swimsuit. Before Nice, which confines under-13s to their mother and father' properties since 1er May, Les Pennes-Mirabeau (Bouches-du-Rhône) did the identical on April 25 and Béziers (Hérault) on April 22. Like yearly since 2004, Cagnes-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes) launched its personal on 1er April for seven months.

Some mayors have already used this device up to now (equivalent to in Béziers or Nice), however their latest choice resonates as a response to the decision for basic mobilization of the nation to reconnect with its adolescents, curb violence”, launched by the Prime Minister on April 18, during his speech in Viry-Châtillon (Essonne). After the riots of 2023 and recent news items involving minors, Gabriel Attal promised a “surge of authority” to fight against“addiction to violence” of part of the youth. Mayor Renaissance of Pennes-Mirabeau refers to it explicitly.

Local elected officials intend to protect minors as well as fight against juvenile delinquency. For the year 2023, and the first three months of 2024, 1,230 minors were arrested for criminal acts, recalls the Horizons mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, in the decree he signed on April 26. And the trend “do not weaken”alarms Mr. Estrosi, who did not respond to requests of World. “I support these initiatives”declared the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, on April 25: “The mayors who do it are completely reasonable people. »

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A very small number of municipalities

The Interior Ministry doesn’t know what number of cities have taken this measure, however the quantity seems very low at this stage. Moreover, for the federal government, the generalization of the curfew would maybe trigger extra issues than it could clear up. “The neighborhoods involved are very sophisticatedremembers sociologist Thomas Sauvadet, writer of Voyocracy and social work (2023, Editions du Croquant). The networks put in there know the right way to dodge police raids. » And slippages are usually not excluded. You think about, after Nahel [le jeune tué dans un contrôle de police, à Nanterre en juin 2023, entraînant une dizaine de nuits d’émeutes], chases between younger folks and police? Mediatically and politically, it could be catastrophic. »

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