Nearly three weeks after the arrival of drug addicts on the outskirts of Quatre-Chemins, a district straddling Aubervilliers and Pantin, the mayors of the two municipalities have still not been received as they wished by the Prime Minister, Jean Castex.
On October 24, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin had decided to transfer the crackers from the Jardins d'Eole in the 19th arrondissement of Paris to the Porte de la Villette to the south of the two cities, without warning the elected officials or the prefect of the Seine. -St Denis.
To make themselves heard, the mayors of Aubervilliers, Karine Franclet (UDI), and of Pantin, Bertrand Kern (PS), organized a gathering on Wednesday evening at Place Vauban in the 7th arrondissement, a few steps from the Hôtel de Matignon . Several residents of Quatre-Chemins, who now demonstrate every Wednesday evening to denounce the arrival of drug addicts near their neighborhood, participated.
"The Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin had said that this situation would be only temporary, that it would last only a few hours or a few days, and it will soon be three weeks", lambasted Bertrand Kern, who then testified with Karine Franclet and the deputy of their constituency Bastien Lachaud (LFI) a letter signed by the demonstrators requesting the evacuation of drug addicts and that they benefit from "medical, health and social" care.
Paris (7th), this Wednesday evening.
The inhabitants and elected officials of Aubervilliers and Pantin signed a letter for the attention of the Prime Minister.
If the Minister of the Interior has repeatedly affirmed that there were no inhabitants in the area where the drug addicts were transferred, the inhabitants cross paths with them every day at Quatre-Chemins.
"I see them morning, noon and night," laments Alphie.
This mother of a family, who came to demonstrate in Paris this Wednesday evening, has not taken the metro at Porte de la Villette for almost three weeks: “It has become infrequent.
We live in fear.
The other day, one of the drug addicts took refuge in the trash room in our building.
Before, there were a few crackers we knew in the neighborhood.
There, they are too numerous, we do not even dare to approach them.
"There were attacks, some drug addicts even attacked high school students", regrets Ling Lenzi, deputy mayor for security in Aubervilliers.
"Nothing is done to protect the inhabitants and drug addicts," supports the chief magistrate of Pantin.
The Minister of the Interior spoke of police reinforcements, there is none.
When contacted, neither the Prime Minister's office nor the Interior Ministry answered our questions.