The French town of Joinville has imposed a curfew for all unaccompanied minors under the age of 16 in an effort to reduce the level of delinquency and urban violence on the streets of the town.
Bertrand Ollivier, the mayor of Joinville, announced that the curfew would be in effect until August 15th and will see all minors required to stay off the streets of the town between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day unless accompanied by an adult.
Deputy mayor Sandrine Jean dit Pannel explained the reason for the measure, telling broadcaster France Info: “This is to avoid repeated damage: tags, broken house windows, small fires… People are starting to get a little scared in some streets, and we want to prevent it from getting worse in the next few weeks, during the holidays.”
” We made this decision to ensure safety for all. “The gendarmes are going to be more on the ground,” said the deputy mayor, adding that youths who violate curfews will face first a warning followed by possible fines.
Mob of 80 People Attack French Police Station with Fireworks and Projectileshttps://t.co/f1h7sNIaC7
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Urban Violence has been a significant issue in France for a large part of the past decade. Attacks on officers, stations and police stations by young people using fireworks and stones as weapons have made it surprisingly common.
Earlier this month in Champigny-sur-Marne a mob of around 80 or so people attacked a police station following an arrest at a local football match, which is believed to have sparked the violence. The mob attacked Champigny-sur-Marne police station after an arrest at a local football match. Officers responded with tear gas canisters.
Such scenes of urban violence have become so commonplace in France that last year around 35,000 police officers and their supporters took to the streets of Paris to demonstrate against violence against law enforcement and urged the government to do more to tackle the disorder.
Some even fear that the growing levels of violence may be leading France toward a civil conflict — an opinion that was expressed by French General Pierre de Villiers, the former chief of staff of the French armed forces, in 2020.
“Let us not make any illusions regarding confinement. It is like a lid around the pot. The current climate is dark and bleak. De Villiers stated that poverty and anger have been increasing all over the world.
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