Marseille: “The people who want to enter, they obey us …” Controversy after a report by Quotidien in the northern districts

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The Quotidien program broadcast a report on young drug dealers in a city of Marseille. Images which sparked controversy and which in particular made Gérald Darmanin react.

While Emmanuel Macron is expected this Wednesday afternoon in Marseille for three days, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin announced on Tuesday that he had ordered an “anti-drug operation” in the city of Flamingos, in the northern districts of the city. This announcement follows the broadcast of a report produced by Quotidien and broadcast Monday evening. The show’s teams were indeed able to film young people who control traffic near the deal points in the Marseille city district. “You see Macron? The French obey him. Well, it’s the same here: people who want to enter the neighborhood, they obey us,” said one of the people interviewed. Images that created controversy.

“No lawless area on the territory of the Republic, in Marseille as elsewhere,” responded Gerald Darmanin Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. “At my request, a major anti-drug operation was carried out today at Cité des Flamants. Other operations will follow. Results: 4 arrests and seizures of drugs and cash”.

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

— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) August 31, 2021

The Minister of the Interior was arrested a little earlier in the day on the social network by Marine Le Pen. “When an entire neighborhood lives under the control of dealers who impose their rules to the detriment of common laws, it is good, what is called a” lawless zone. There are hundreds of them in France, and you are doing absolutely NOTHING.

When an entire neighborhood lives under the control of dealers who impose their rules to the detriment of common laws, that’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

– Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) August 31, 2021

The far-right polemicist Eric Zemmour had also reacted following the broadcast of the report.

François Jolivet, LREM deputy for Indre, for his part welcomed the action put in place by Gérald Dramanin.

I salute the action of @GDarmanin, who ordered an anti-drug operation in the Flamants district in #Marseille. It’s a war. A war against the narco-separatists. To win it, first of all political will. Then zero tolerance. Neither complacency nor excuse.

– François Jolivet (@ FJolivet36) August 31, 2021