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Lyon: the Guillotière district, "an area of ​​all rights" undermined by insecurity and trafficking


The district of La Guillotière, in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon, symbolizes in many ways the enslavement of society that part of the political heist denounces.

For several weeks now, official visits by political figures have followed one another in Lyon.

The Head of State himself visited the city of Gones on September 27, where he notably strolled through the aisles of the International Catering Fair.

On October 7, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin traveled to Lyon to inaugurate the newly restored Police Hall on rue Marius Berliet, in the 8th arrondissement.

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A visit that was particularly awaited by the groups of angry residents of several districts.

The latter hoped to be received by the first cop in France to discuss with him the growing insecurity that is undermining their neighborhood.

But this exchange did not take place, the fault of an overloaded schedule.

"It was for us the opportunity to inform the Minister directly of the disintegration of our district and of the increasingly numerous problems that we encounter

", regrets Nathalie Balmat, president of the association of residents

"La Guillotière en anger".

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Because in a few years the climate has gradually deteriorated in this district of the 7th arrondissement. This is evidenced by police interventions

"which have become daily",

as several police sources attest to

Le Figaro.


It's getting worse and worse, no doubt about it,

" says one of them. “

Violence is insecurity, this is not entirely new at La Guillotière. It's like urban rodeos, it's something that we know. What we are observing, however, is an exacerbation of violence since the first confinement in March 2020,

”notes Alain Barberis, departmental secretary of the Alliance Police union in the Rhône.

"As in all large cities, the health crisis, successive confinements have given rise to exacerbated behavior



continues Mohamed Chihi, security assistant at the City of Lyon.


It is a place that I strongly advise against


But first, what violence are we talking about?

Physical and verbal attacks, threats, racketeering, pick-pocketing, brawls, incivility of all kinds, degradations and even settling of scores with firearms have become over time the daily lot of residents and traders of La Guillotière.

"It is clear that this is a place that I strongly advise against"

, launches a Lyonnais police officer to talk about the neighborhood.


We are dealing with a large Romanian community and another North African, which - in La Guillotière at least - are very involved in theft and incivility"

, breathes another.

For several weeks, posters have been plastered on the windows of many shops in the area.

“Too many consultations, too many promises, too many lies, we want action.

Abandoned and angry traders ”

, we can read in anticipation of a demonstration which will take place on October 21.

“We understand the exasperation of local residents, we hear their anger, and we are in good contact with the collectives.

We have undertaken long-term work in which we provide answers within the framework of our skills and resources ”

Mohamed Chihi, Security Assistant at the City of Lyon.

Elected officials, police officers and residents agree in designating Place Gabriel Péri as the epicenter of all problems.

“We are dealing with a district which is complex in terms of geography with a lot of small alleys and nooks and crannies.

From one artery to another, the atmosphere changes dramatically.

Incivilities are no longer the same, just like the population, businesses or even nuisances.

Initially cosmopolitan or even bucolic, the district has become completely communitarized.

But the beating heart of insecurity and whatever is really Gabriel Péri ”

, confirms Nathalie Balmat, who ironically nicknamed the place“ Gabriel Dépéri ”.

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“The place is squatted every day from 6 am to midnight by traffickers of all kinds, street vendors, receivers who set up shop on the ground, prostitutes and all kinds of little bosses. It is an area of ​​all rights "

, concludes the president of

" La Guillotière in anger "

. The latter does not hesitate to compare the place to the sensitive district of Goutte d'Or, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.

“Actions had been taken by the previous executive, such as police presence, video surveillance and cleaning up the square.

We have maintained some of these actions.

We have strengthened and even developed them.

In September 2020, we also strengthened the partnership with the police and justice actors around a plan for the security and tranquility of Péri and the creation of a local delinquency treatment group (GLTD) ”



Mohamed Chihi.

But the deputy concedes that

"this strategy has not made it possible to stem the problems".

The latter boasts

"a new, more comprehensive approach"


Frustrated and resigned police officers

Concretely, it is a question of “

putting more human resources on the ground, more police officers to fight against the various phenomena. But also to increase the vigilance of video surveillance operators, to intensify video verbalization in this sector and to control businesses that sell alcohol outside of authorized hours

”. During Gérald Darmanin's visit on October 7, elected officials in particular asked the minister to strengthen the police force in the 3rd arrondissement police station on which Place Péri depends.

Police side, many agents regret "

the lack of criminal response

", laments Alain Barberis.

Imagine: not a day goes by without the officers being called to La Guillotière and driving people to the station.

Only many are minors or claim to be minors and are released during the day.

The police are frustrated, resigned for some.

There is a real loss of sense of the profession, ”

regrets the trade unionist.

On this point, the public prosecutor of Lyon, Nicolas Jacquet, took the decision to territorialize his penal policy "

to systematize the response and adapt it to the difficulties of the territory

", according to the deputy for the security of the city.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2021-10-14

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