He will take the time but also take out the checkbook. Emmanuel Macron will travel to Marseille from Wednesday 1er to Friday September 3 in order to present a major plan in favor of the second city in France, which is accumulating difficulties.
As a symbol of the complexity of the file, this three-day visit will be the longest carried out by the President of the Republic in a single place since the start of his five-year term. The opportunity to tackle multiple subjects, with the ambition to bring “A global response”, explains the Elysee, which provides a cocktail of measures “Emergency” and others “Substantive, over the long term”.
Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Macron will begin his trip with a sequence dedicated to the most burning subject: that of security. At stake : “Announcements in terms of resources, staff and infrastructure on the police-justice component”, according to the Elysee, in order to try to reduce the violence that shakes the Marseille city.
Since the beginning of the year, fifteen homicides have taken place during settling of scores linked to drug trafficking. In February, during a visit to the northern districts, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced the arrival of 300 additional police officers over three years in the Marseille city, including 100 from this year. On August 24, his justice colleague, Eric Dupond-Moretti, promised to send additional magistrates. During his visit, the Head of State should present the modalities of these reinforcements required by local elected officials.
In particular, the socialist mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, continues to alert the top of the State to the lack of means from which his city suffers to fight against “International trafficking, mafias, cartels” with “Millions of euros at stake”. In his eyes, it is not 300 additional police officers that would be needed to restore order in this port city of 870,000 inhabitants (outside the urban area) but rather 800, and more specialists in “Scientific, financial and judicial police”. As for justice, Mr. Payan demands the creation of a “Special parquet”.
” A global approach “
However, there is no question of confining oneself to the subjects of maintaining order and justice. Local elected officials, like the State, agree on the need to have a ” global approach “.
“Drug trafficking is a symptom and not the cause of the many endemic problems that exist in Marseille, estimates the deputy (La République en marche, LRM) of Bouches-du-Rhône Saïd Ahamada. If you want to tackle it effectively, it’s not enough to be safe at all. We must have a 360-degree vision, by acting on schools, transport or employment in territories where the Republic has retreated. “
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