France’s mayor and member of the National Assembly (RN) of populist Marine Le Pen has expressed anger after he requested police protection to attend a wedding due to threats from a person recently released from prison.
National Assembly politician Julien Sanchez, the mayor of Beaucaire, condemned France’s “judicial laxity” on social media, claiming he needed a police escort of around 15 officers to safely attend a recent wedding after receiving threats from a person released from prison at the beginning of summer.
“There were about fifteen policemen, including national policemen, simply because an individual released from prison at the beginning of the summer decided to terrorize the inhabitants of several communes of Gard and Bouches-du-Rhone,” Sanchez said, according to France. Bleu reports.
According to Sanchez, the man in question is linked to the shooting of a man in Tarascon and the attack on several people in Nîmes, Bagnols-sur-Cèze and Beaucaire. He is even said to have fired a Kalashnikov rifle into a building occupied by a family in Beaucaire, one of whose sons was a groomsman at a wedding attended by Sanchez.
Le Pen party member severely beaten by antifa extremistshttps://t.co/e9JNLAWxs9
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“I have a question: what is Emmanuel Macron doing? What is [Justice Minister] Éric Dupont-Moretti is working? What is [Interior Minister] Gérald Darmanin works? […] they do nothing. Mobilize and demand accountability from those who rule us. They are there for that, they owe us security,” he said.
Growing insecurity remains a major problem in France and has been for several years, with a 2017 survey showing that 59 percent of the French public do not feel safe anywhere in the country, while 69 percent said they believe the police and gendarmerie are understaffed.
Insecurity and urban violence are so widespread across France that a letter signed by 20 former French generals and 1,000 active and former soldiers warned that the country risks civil conflict if the government does not act against rising crime trends and other security concerns, such as Islamic extremism.
“As we can see, it is no longer time to procrastinate. Otherwise, tomorrow civil war will end this growing chaos, and the dead you will be responsible for will number in the thousands,” the letter said.
After the letter, a poll showed that almost half of French people would support a military intervention to restore security in France, even if the government of the day did not ask them to do so. A further 86 percent said they believed French laws did not apply everywhere within French territory.
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