Crack consumers were targeted with a firework mortar during two nights this weekend, in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. The shots were not injured but are indicative of the residents’ unhappiness in the face of the upsurge in drug consumption.

“By day it’s a charming neighborhood, but at night …”. Julie (*), resident of the Stalingrad district, in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, does not need to finish her sentence for the rest to be understood. This weekend, Julie, her husband, her three-year-old son and her three-month-old daughter were woken up three times by “the sounds of guns, shots, guerrillas”. Fireworks mortar fire, aimed directly at the consumer cracks who regularly occupy the premises. According to Julie, the first shots took place during the night from Friday to Saturday and the scene was repeated twice during the night from Saturday to Sunday (note: the police investigation does not specify at the time that it is the source of the mortar fire. Local residents speak of an inhabitant, others of a trafficker). To testify to the violence of the scene, the resident filmed and posted the video on social networks, calling out to Anne Hidalgo and Gérald Darmanin (see first tweet below). Other Internet users have witnessed these “maddening” scenes, in Julie’s words.

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According to the mayor of the 19th arrondissement, François Dagnaud, the area is becoming “the French or even European scene” for crack users and trafficking in this extremely addictive drug. “We can see gatherings of 100 people, the day they are in the 18th arrondissement and at night they move to come to the Stalingrad-avenue de Flandre sector”, explains the city councilor. Julie, from her window, abounds. “Originally they met at Place de la Rotonde, now it is in front of the Cramif (regional health insurance fund), they are more and more numerous, more and more noisy at night. There are attacks. “. This weekend, she had to calm her three-year-old son, frightened by the sounds of mortar.

Julie then talks about her daily life, passing in the street “seeing a man take his crack pipe” has become almost a banal scene. She asks for help from politicians. “The police cannot do much, behind that does not follow. They can be arrested but will come back, we need a political solution, especially a medical one.” A political solution which, according to the mayor of the 19th François Dagnaud, should not come from his district town hall, but from above.

We are not equipped to deal with this national or even European “scene” on our own – François Dagnaud

The Paris city hall set up a ‘crack plan’ in 2019 to fight against the scourge. Crack is inexpensive to buy compared to other drugs, quite easy to manufacture, especially very dangerous for health. Three million euros were put on the table with in particular the reinforcement of the patrols, the medico-social support, the opening of permanent accommodation places. “Today, given the scale that it has taken, the plan is outdated”, analyzes François Dagnaud, who would like a mobilization “of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior”. In 2018, the police had evacuated, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, the “crack hill”, where consumers were found at the time. An experience “failed”, according to the mayor of the 19th, “because the people were not accompanied”. He therefore asks for the dismantling of what residents on social networks call ‘Stalincrack’, “with medico-social support to avoid an effect of deportation or postponement of the phenomenon.” The police headquarters assures the mayor that it is doing so. its maximum, in this case.

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