France: Marseille mayor calls for army to be deployed to tackle Muslim gang warfare

Marseille lies on the southern part of the French riviera and was a beautiful, peaceful, and popular tourist resort until it became occupied with illegal Muslim migrants and asylum seekers, flowing in from Morocco, North Africa, and Algeria. Muslim migrants cluster together and tend to create growing ghettos and no-go zones out of  good and affluent areas.
The French government did not do anything about this problem and did not care to remove this immigrant group, and deport them back to their home country. As a result over the span of a few decades Marseille transformed to the number one Muslim hub for Muslim migrants in France. It also transformed to the most criminal township in all of Europe. And there has never been a return to Marseille’s past after that.
But the EU continues to ignore the many problems and warning signs originating with Muslims migrants who need to be removed from Europe. Muslim migrants are the highest drain on the economy all across the EU. Clueless European leaders, overpaid and living far from areas where these immigrants take over and fill their surroundings with violence and fear, refuse to admit that there is no solution to these issues as the core problem lies in the Islamic faith itself. Refusing to acknowledge that Muslims do not want to integrate out of choice and religious reasons, European leaders are creating “programs” to teach business owners their obligation to hire Muslims. The insanity could not get worse and more bizarre under EU leadership!

François Hollande on Thursday faced calls from the Socialist mayor of a tough Marseille neighbourhood to send in the army to tackle the city’s gang warfare.
Marseille mayor calls for army to be deployed to tackle gang warfare

Speaking from Madrid, President Francois Hollande said: ‘The army has no place in controlling the districts of the French Republic’ Photo: AP/Paul White
Henry Samuel

By Henry Samuel, Paris

7:48PM BST 30 Aug 2012

The appeal highlighted the escalating drug violence in the Mediterranean port city that claimed its 14th victim in eight months earlier this week.

Kalashnikov-wielding gangsters shot dead Walid Marzouki, 25, a suspected trafficker, at close range on Wednesday night as he drove his black Twingo in the streets of France’s second biggest city.

It was the second gangland killing this month and the latest in a wave of deaths to hit Marseille Nord, one of the city’s toughest drug-infested suburbs, sparking Samia Ghali, the Socialist mayor of two local districts, to call for military intervention.

“Faced with the weapons of war being used by these networks, only the army can intervene,” Miss Ghali, also a senator, told local newspaper La Provence.

She said that the army should set up roadblocks around neighbourhoods to vet inhabitants for weapons and drugs “like in times of war”.

“It no longer makes any difference to send in a police car to stop the dealers. When 10 of them are arrested, 10 others take up the torch. It’s like fighting an anthill.”

Politicians from Left and Right widely rejected Miss Ghali’s call.

Speaking from Madrid, President Hollande said: “The army has no place in controlling the districts of the French Republic”, pointing out that gendarmes, who have a military status, are already present in many areas.

Manuel Valls, the interior minister, said: “It is out of the question for the army to respond to these tragedies and crimes. There is no internal enemy.”

But he promised a “comprehensive, in-depth and particularly strong” response to the shootings.

On Thursday, Marseille’s Right-wing mayor, Jean-Claude Gaudin, slammed Miss Ghali’s remarks as “irresponsible”, saying the city needed “police reinforcements, not a call to civil war”.

Police were also sceptical. David-Olivier Reverdy of the Alliance union said: “France is not at war. Each to their own profession. Rather give us the means to fight against underground (drug) trafficking.”

Marseille is renowned as a vibrant Meditteranean melting pot, with a beautiful old port. It will be the European capital of culture in 2013. But the city’s uphill battle against gangland killings and rising petty crime has been the bane of Left and Right-wing leaders.

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy changed the city’s police chief three times in 18 months to tackle a series of violent murders, heists and robberies, including seven “home-jackings” of Olympique Marseille footballers in a year.

The second chief to go, Gilles Leclair was fired after declaring: “I cannot resolve all on my own the difficulties of a poor city which has for the past 50 years suffered from immigration and a tradition of gangsters.”

The Socialists cited Marseille as proof that Mr Sarkozy’s crime-fighting record was a “fiasco”, found itself accused by the Right yesterday of “laxism”.

In response, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said he would chair crisis talks with senior ministers next Thursday on tackling Marseille’s problems. The district where the killing took place will be one of 15 “priority zones” Mr Valls has pledged to set up around France to root out crime and violence.

Mr Gaudin said creating such a zone would be insufficient to control a situation that was “worsening every day”.

There have been more killings in the past eight months than for the whole of 2011, according to Marseille public prosecutor Jacques Dallest. He warned last year that parts of parts of Marseille were like “the favelas of Rio”.


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