Paris – A senior French police officer Eric Vergne warned, ‘People talk about riots, but for those of us who have to deal with all this, it’s not riots – it’s war in France. They are here to kill us.’ Heavy violence has erupted in France since last Tuesday, and political leaders, public buildings, historical buildings, schools, and tourist places have been targeted along with the police.
Last week, 17-year-old Nahel Merzouk died in a police operation in Nanterre, a suburb near Paris. After the death of this young man, a big phase of violence started in France, along with looting and arson for seven consecutive days. France’s capital Paris and the major city of Marseilles have been experiencing the most amount of violence. In such a situation, French security agencies have started saying this was not just violence but war.
On Saturday night, an attempt was made to attack the mayor’s house in L’Haÿ-les-Roses, close to French capital, Paris. Mayor Vincent Jeanbrun was not home at the time of the attack, but his wife and small children were at home. It revealed that a burning car had attacked Jeanbrun’s house. Referring to the attack and other incidents, L’Haÿ-les-Roses police chief Eric Vergne issued a dire warning.
Moreover, Mayor Jeanbrun has also made a strong statement on this violence, saying people in France are committing violence in the cities under the pretext of Nahel’s incident. He further said that they have Molotov cocktails and large stones in their hands.
Furthermore, Jeanbrun warned that he had seen the real face of the rioters and that they were murderers. He said they wanted to kill his family. Jeanbrun added that this violence in the country since last week was an attack on democracy. He further warned that it was necessary now for the citizens who do not tolerate violence to gather in large numbers.
Meanwhile, the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) has appealed to the country’s citizens to gather in support of law and order. At the same time, nearly 70% of people polled by France’s top media support imposing a state of emergency. Around 45,000 police and security troops, including the capital, Paris and Marseilles, have been deployed nationwide. So far, French police have detained more than three thousand people during the operation.English