France: Marseille warns government over crime emergency

To Interior Minister Valls, whole city priority security zone

31 July, 20:12

    Marseille, Vieux Port and Cathedral Major (Foto: Atout France-Michel Angot) Marseille, Vieux Port and Cathedral Major (Foto: Atout France-Michel Angot)

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JULY 31 -Marseille, facing a growing crime emergency, needs a special statute to guarantee security, according to an appeal launched by the president of the urban community in France's second-largest city, Eugene Caselli, in a letter to Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

    Caselli asked the government to include the whole city in the list of the so-called priority security zones (ZSP), a statute normally attributed only to specific crime-infested districts including areas of Paris' banlieue.

    'Confronted with a new wave of violence which struck Marseille in the night between Monday and Tuesday, I wrote to Minister Valls to ask for more police and for the whole city to be listed as a priority security zone', said the Socialist politician, who is also running in the primaries with which Marseille residents will choose the left-wing candidate competing in the 2014 municipal elections. 'I am worried and angry', said the president of Marseille Metropole, which is this year European capital of culture. 'The situation is such that the response must be as significant as the emergencies we are facing'.

    Shortly before midnight on Monday the body of a young man killed by a head wound was found in the port city. The same evening, two 30-year-olds were wounded after a man riding a scooter opened fire in the Saint-Pierre neighbourhood. (ANSAmed)

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