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New Year's Eve: 90,000 police and gendarmes mobilized


The Minister of the Interior asked for the establishment of a "deterrent, visible and on foot" device.

At a time when the specter of violence is still haunting people's minds, the authorities are going to put Christmas Eve under a bell.

Without being vitrified as in 2020 when a new wave of Covid was looming, the New Year's Eve party will be placed under close surveillance.

In total, no less than 90,000 police and gendarmes are mobilized, including nearly 75 CRS companies and squadrons of mobile gendarmes throughout the country.

In a telegram crossed out with the mention "highly reported" and addressed to all the prefects and heads of the police, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin recalls

"the persistent level of terrorist threat as well as the recent events that have occurred in Paris against the Kurdish community must lead to the greatest vigilance and a high level of mobilization of the internal security forces


As part of the Vigipirate posture, currently at the “reinforced security-attack risk” level, the tenant of Place Beauvau requests

“special attention during gatherings and near symbolic sites, in particular places of worship”


To do this, the prefects are invited to set up a "

dissuasive device, visible and on foot, associating the military internal security forces of the sentinel operation”


As in previous years, particular attention will be paid to public transport, which will be subject to a massive presence of armed men.

In terms of the fight against urban violence, police and gendarmerie bosses are asked to “

systematically arrest troublemakers


Locally, the prefects will take, if necessary, orders prohibiting the sale of fuels in “transportable containers”, rockets, fires and alcohol to take away.

A risky meeting

In the staffs, the strategists of public order know full well that the risky meeting of New Year's Eve is played out in particular in the cities.

More than ever, these territories are the scene, on the eve of each New Year's Day, of car fire rituals.

Apart from Manuel Valls who had revealed, at the beginning of January 2013, that 1193 vehicles had been set on fire on New Year's Eve, in the name of a stated principle of "transparency", the last official count dates back to 2009: at the time it reported an evening deemed rather


with some 1147 carcasses found charred.

Since then, Brice Hortefeux, Minister of the Interior under Nicolas Sarkozy, Place Beauvau is convinced that the publicity around this counting fuels the phenomenon as much as it illuminates it.

The purpose of abandoning the disclosure of figures, at least officially, is to avoid any overbidding or competition between cities.

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Refusing to blame the "festive" New Year's Eve outbreaks solely on the vandals, the experts had also noted that the claims were linked to private disputes or in the context of insurance scams, some motorists not hesitating to take advantage of the violence of New Year's Eve to set fire to their old sedan.

Finally, to a lesser extent, the thugs also sometimes strike matches to remove any compromising traces after a night's escapade.

If the thugs overwhelmingly take action in urban areas, several tens of thousands of gendarmes will be on alert over 95% of the territory, even in its most remote corners, in order to enforce the instructions given by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin.

Source: lefigaro

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