Dozens of individuals attacked a police station exterior Paris early on October 12 with blasts of fireworks and metal bars, damaging a number of police vehicles, officers mentioned. No one was injured.
It was the most recent motion amongst quite a few assaults towards police officers, and generally firefighters, that Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin says are an indication that France is rising “savage“.
Last week, two police officers in civilian clothes were pulled from their vehicle in a Paris suburb and shot multiple times with their own guns. One officer remains in serious condition.
President Emmanuel Macron is to meet with police unions on October 15 to quickly find ways to protect officers, the Interior Minister said on a visit Sunday night to Champigny-sur-Marne, east of Paris.
“The police are the [French] Republic and the Republic is the police,” he mentioned. He mentioned the assault was one other signal of the “great savageness” he claims is undermining French values.
He linked the assault to a police crackdown on drug sellers and, utilizing avenue language, mentioned it was geared toward “smashing cops“.
The police station is located in a housing project with 10,000 inhabitants. An official of the union, Unite SGP Police, Rocco Contento, said on BFMTV that the housing project is the hub of drug trafficking in the Val de Marne region, where Champigny is located.
Darmanin said he wants to add an amendment to a security bill defining fireworks as a type of arm and ban their sale, including on the internet.
In the early hours of October 12, a gang of about 40 people showered the police station in a housing project in Champigny-sur-Marne with fireworks and other projectiles, Paris police headquarters, which is in charge of the region, said in a tweet. Attackers also used metal bars to smash five police cars. Three windows of the station were broken.
Fireworks are now routinely used by gangs to head off police in neighbourhoods known for drug trafficking. Firefighters on rescue missions also come under attack.
“The little bosses impress no one and don’t discourage us in our fight against drugs,” the Interior Minister tweeted earlier. There had been no identified arrests.
Investigators had been nonetheless looking for the three males who shot two police officers final week after pulling them from their automotive and disarming them in an industrial part of the city of Herblay, within the Val d’Oise northwest of Paris.