But Frances Interior Minister Manuel Valls refuses to place the whole city of Marseille in a Priority Security Zone. For the Interior Minister Valls, to comply with the request of the socialist president of the urban community of Marseilles, Eugene Caselli, to place the entire City of Marseille in a Priority Security Zone (Zone de Sécurité Prioritaire), would not make sense.
Apparently, a plan put forth about a year ago, by the French government to boost policing in 15 of the most crime-ridden parts of France in an effort to reassert state control over the country’s so-called “no-go” zones: Muslim-dominated neighborhoods that are largely off limits to non-Muslims.
The crime-infested districts, which the French Interior Ministry has designated as Priority Security Zones include heavily Muslim parts of Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg, Lille and Amiens, where Muslim youths recently went on a two-day arson rampage that caused extensive property damage and injured more than a dozen police officers.
At last count, there were a total of 751 Sensitive Urban Zones, a comprehensive list of which can be found on a French government website, complete with satellite maps and precise street demarcations. An estimated five million Muslims live in the ZUS — parts of France over which the French state has lost control.
From Le Figaro (via Vlad Tepes h/t Susan K) Wednesday, the Minister of Interior rejected the proposal advanced by Eugene Caselli, the socialist president of the urban community, and others before him, to classify the entire Phoenician City as a Priority Security Zone (ZSP in French).
In a letter addressed to Manuel Valls, the socialist elected official complains about the situation and denounces intolerable exactions. Im worried and angered. The situation has become so widespread that it warrants a maximum response, writes the elected official Eugene Caselli, also candidate for the socialist primary elections for the local elections of Marseilles in 2014.
On France-Info, Manuel Valls rejected this radical measure: We will not put all of Marseilles in a priority zone of safety. The ZSPs are targeted devices. In Marseilles, there is only the city centre which is not in a zone of priority safety. The south and north districts are already in priority zones of safety; and in the city centre, we have created dedicated units ( ) that actively patrol , he recalled.
Eugene Caselli had advanced this proposal after a wave of new violence at night on Monday to Tuesday. A little before midnight, a body had been found partly burned in a town bordering Marseilles, in Pennes-Mirabeau. The 22-year old young man was killed by a bullet to the head.
Two men in their thirties were wounded by bullets in an industrial zone of the Saint-Pierre district. Finally, a driver of a garbage truck was a victim of several paintball shootings, when he drove au niveau de la traverse de la Jarre, not far from an area in a ZSP.
But the classification of the whole of Marseilles as a priority security zone is an old claim. In August 2012, UMP senator and mayor of Marseilles, Jean-Claude Gaudin, had also made this request in Le Figaro .
A few days earlier, the socialist senator Samia Ghali had required the intervention of the military. The creation of a second priority security zone had then been decided. A first zone already covered the North District in the 3rd, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th zones. Since November, the 9th, 10th and 11th zones in the South of the city are equally concerning. The authorities are taking concerted action appropriate with the acts of delinquency met on the ground.
The Alliance Police Union on the classification of the entire Marseilles as a priority security zone: It is necessary to take into account the specificities of the Marseilles territory. Forty districts (cités) are classified as being at risk by the Prefecture (administrative jurisdiction), they are inside the city and not only in the areas defined by the government, justifies David-Olivier Reverdy, spokesman of the Alliance for the Mediterranean zone. He denounces a splash effect by explaining why the delinquency does not know borders, it shifts according to the actions of police force.