Saïd Ahamada denounces “chin blows” by the mayor of Marseille, who wanted the creation of a special anti-drug prosecutor’s office in the Marseille city, after a new killing between traffickers. The LREM deputy relies on better collaboration between local communities and the State.

“Half the city is ghettoized in terms of public transport. It is not possible, for someone who lives in the northern districts of Marseille, to go to work early in the morning or to come back late at night,” says Monday 23 August on franceinfo Saïd Ahamada, LREM deputy for Bouches-du-Rhône. In Marseille, drug trafficking caused the death of three people on the night of Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 August.

franceinfo: What do you think of the proposal of the mayor, Benoît Payan, to create an anti-drug prosecution in Marseille? Are the legal means sufficient?

Saïd Ahamada: I am as skeptical as law enforcement professionals. All ideas are good to give. Coming from the mayor of Marseille and other local authorities, I expect a work of introspection, rather than immediately turning to the State and telling it to put in the means. Perhaps the mayor of Marseille should ask himself what the municipality can do? And that everyone at their own level thinks about what they can do. This year will have been the year when judicial resources have never been so important for more than ten years. We reached the objective that the police force be increased in Marseille and in the Bouches-du-Rhône. We went to more than 300 men over two years, and 100 already this year. The work on the side of the State, we do it as best we can.

“What is lacking today is collaborative work between all local and national authorities to achieve the goal of reducing insecurity in Marseille.”

These are not just security issues. Obviously you have to keep on the security part, but in Marseille you have a breeding ground for this violence. Who is responsible for the condition of the schools? It is the town hall of Marseille. Who is responsible for the fact that half of Marseille is ghettoized in terms of public transport? These are not the competences of the City or the State, they are the competences of the metropolis. If we want to act in the long term on these security issues, we need to work together. I ask that this work of introspection, that Mr. Payan wants the State to do, that it also do it at its own level. And that the consumers also who fuel this traffic, because drug money is first and foremost consumers’ money, also do this work of introspection.

What I am asking both of the State and also of those responsible for local authorities is to carry out this work in partnership to achieve results. That we have an action plan for the short term, the medium term, the long term, the security aspects, the aspects of prevention, education, the return of the Republic to these territories, to ensure that we have effective results. This is how we will get these results, and not with chin blows as soon as a death occurs in the city.

“If we only rely on the state to get there, we won’t get there. It doesn’t just depend on the state.”

Half of the city is ghettoized in terms of public transport. It is not possible, for someone who lives in the northern districts of Marseille, to go to work early in the morning or to come home late at night. It is not the competence of the State and if we do not realize it, I think we will go straight into the wall. I am currently working with the maritime authorities so that we have a sea school in Marseille. It is something that we can work on, State, community, town hall, metropolis, to achieve results. Without working in partnership, we will not succeed, and I am not throwing stones either on one side or the other.

No, I won’t say that. Oddly enough, when there are deaths, it is often because the police are working well. Unfortunately there are deaths, unfortunately there are collateral victims. But when the police do what they do today, tap networks, harass them, they make these networks insecure. To continue to be able to hold these territories, they engage in gang wars. It is a difficult moment that we have to spend in Marseille. If the police continue to do this work, I do not despair that we will achieve long-term results, which will not be done without this partnership work.


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