Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Compensation for thousands affected by post-election violence in Ivory Coast

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Happy Birthday, Mr President

Read more

THE DEBATE

The clean power plan: Obama, a climate leader?

Read more

THE DEBATE

US drone secrecy: Licence to kill?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Puerto Rico defaults: is it America's Greece?

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

India: the surrogate mother baby boom

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'How to detect nonsense about climate change'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Gabon President aide detained in Paris

Read more

THE DEBATE

Kerry Middle East Tour

Read more

France

Marseille gets more police to combat gang violence

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-09-07

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced Thursday that 205 more police would be deployed in the southern port city of Marseille in a bid to stem a rising tide of gang violence and fatal shootings related to the illegal drug trade.

AFP - French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Thursday announced beefed up security with 205 extra police to tackle deadly gang violence in Marseille following a wave of underworld shootings.

Ayrault, who presided over an inter-ministerial panel to discuss fighting crime in the gritty southern port city, said he wanted Marseille to shed its crime-ridden image and "become a great European metropolis."

He said its "destiny" was a "matter of national interest." Ayrault also said he would visit Marseille on Monday and Tuesday.

He also announced the creation of a new security zone in the city's southern quarters and pledged "new legal directives" and "strengthened penitentiary administration."

The Mediterranean port, long known as a hotbed of crime, has been struck by a wave of shootings with assault rifles in turf wars over the lucrative illegal drug trade.

A district mayor had urged the government to take drastic steps, even appealing for the army to be sent in, but the call was rejected quickly by senior officials.

The leading CGT trade union also says the city of some 850,000 residents has also been wracked by high unemployment and inadequate social housing.
 

Date created : 2012-09-06

  • FRANCE

    Deploying army to violent Marseille ‘inconceivable’

    Read more

COMMENT(S)