POLICY – Immediate reaction. On Tuesday August 31, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced on Twitter “a major anti-drug operation” at the Cité des Flamants in Marseille, in the wake of a shock report broadcast the day before by Quotidien.

For its comeback, the program presented by Yann Barthès followed a group of young people who arbitrarily control traffic near the deal points of a district of the Marseille city, in particular using a lifting barrier to filter cars. .

“It’s like electronic toll payment,” laughs a young man with a masked face in front of the TMC reporters’ camera, before adding with aplomb: “You see Macron? The French obey him. Well, it’s the same here: people who want to enter the neighborhood, they obey us ”.

No lawless zone on the territory of the Republic, in Marseille as elsewhere. At my request, a major anti-drug operation has been carried out today in the Cité des Flamants. Other operations will follow. Balance sheet: 4 arrests and seizures of drugs and cash. https://t.co/tnhU6NMDtk

“No lawless area on the territory of the Republic, in Marseille as elsewhere,” Gerald Darmanin reacted on Tuesday on his Twitter account, repeating on the fly the terms of Marine Le Pen pronounced earlier in the day.

“When an entire neighborhood lives under the control of dealers who impose their rules to the detriment of common laws, it’s good, @GDarmanin, what is called a“ lawless zone ”, had previously challenged the president of the Rally national.

On social networks, the report had also aroused the reactions of the far-right polemicist Eric Zemmour, tipped for a presidential candidacy, or of the Union of Commissioners of the National Police (SCPN). “The police come in everywhere and intervene everywhere. It’s not a barrier held by pretentious little lookouts in front of journalists that prevents it, ”the latter protested.

When an entire neighborhood lives under the control of dealers who impose their rules at the expense of common laws, it’s good, @GDarmanin, what is called a “lawless zone”. There are hundreds of them in France, and you are doing absolutely NOTHING. MLP https://t.co/Y8ahHJFxPK

The #police goes everywhere and intervenes everywhere. It is not a barrier manned by pretentious little lookouts in front of journalists that prevents it. For more efficiency, the legislator must make the watch on a point of #deal an offense! # Daily # Marseillehttps: //t.co/VIsvmZQINU

According to the interior minister, four people were arrested on Tuesday, in addition to the seizure of drugs and cash. “Other operations will follow,” he added.

On Wednesday September 1, Emmanuel Macron begins a three-day visit to Marseille, two weeks after a commando armed with a Kalashnikov wreaked havoc in the city of Marronniers, against a backdrop of drug trafficking. The President of the Republic is expected to announce a major plan to help the city against insecurity and unsanitary housing, as well as for the renovation of schools and public transport.

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