The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo assured that from June 30, “there will be no more drug addicts in the garden” of Eole, reiterating her commitment to return to the inhabitants by the end of June this park in the north. is Parisian.
“Tomorrow [June 30], the garden will once again become a garden for residents, for families. There will be no more drug addicts in the garden [of Eole] ”, affirmed the socialist mayor (PS) of Paris, Anne Hidalgo on LCI on June 29, while the district of the XVIIIe arrondissement is plagued by numerous tensions between crack users and residents.
“I set a limit” at the end of June, she explained, without giving details on a possible evacuation or on where the drug addicts would go.
Contacted by AFP, his entourage clarified that the promise was valid from June 30 in the morning, without providing further details.
The park will in theory be impossible for them to access thanks to the “reinforcement of the human presence and the police officers” whose mission will be “to ensure that no one enters the park” with a knife, in an “unstable state” or by “having a behavior likely to endanger”, added this source to AFP. A “program of activities” for residents is also planned in the park.
However “we are not going to pass on June 30 from shadow to light”, it is an “intermediate sequence”, added this source, according to which “between making them disappear miraculously and leaving them in free wheel, it there is an in-between ”.
According to Anne Hidalgo, “the question asked is the treatment”. The city councilor of the capital says he has “asked the government” to open a place to take care of drug addicts. But, “for the moment, there is a divergence of views within the government” between those who want places of accompaniment and “others who explain that it is enough to move the problem”, added Anne Hidalgo.
“I want us to open a place that comes to the aid of drug addicts because we cannot just evacuate the subject without treating it,” she continued. The socialist had written to Prime Minister Jean Castex at the beginning of June to ask for “new support systems adapted to the problems of crack users”. In order to relieve the inhabitants of the Stalingrad district, crack users have been grouped together since mid-May, in the evening, in the gardens of Aeolus that drug addicts used to frequent during the day before migrating to Stalingrad, 500 meters further, during the night.
The public garden is open to them until 1 a.m., causing tension in the neighborhood. On June 26, drug addicts were targeted by mortar fire.
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