At the end of July, the mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry, laid down along with an official letter his complaints regarding the local police. This Sunday, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin decided to respond by going to the Lille central police station.
“By the end of the year, there will be 60 more police officers in the greater Lille area,” announced the Minister of the Interior, specifying that around thirty will arrive in September and that the rest of the workforce is announced by December.
Gérald Darmanin also added that “the fight against drug trafficking is not just the national police. It is also aid from local communities and in particular video surveillance which is not sufficiently present in Lille”.
In her letter, Martine Aubry was worried both about the growing insecurity, boosted by drug trafficking, in certain streets of the northern metropolitan area and the lack of police personnel to curb it.
“Human and material resources are sorely lacking. (…) What are we waiting for so that Lille and its metropolis are finally treated to meet the needs?” she wondered. It demanded “as soon as possible, a plan to strengthen the CSP (Editor’s note, Public Security District) of Lille”.
The call for help from Martine Aubry
Bouncing back on a recent rhetorical outing from Gérald Darmanin, she continued: “You speak of ‘wildness’, it is in these lawless areas that it is most visible. It is all the more so when the Republic is no longer present in these sectors, as is often the case in Lille “.
Martine Aubry had already called for state intervention in July after the violent attack on a woman in Lille-Moulin, a district whose residents deplore the omnipresence of drug trafficking.
“This is only the reflection of an unbearable situation and where I did not wait for this to enter the prefect. We have been working on it for a year,” insisted the mayor of Lille. “The police are currently doing a remarkable job. They just don’t have enough resources. This is really where the problem lies.”