Le Figaro Nice
It has been some time since the sensitive district of Ariane, north-east of Nice, had not been talked about. It must be said that for months, all eyes have been on Les Moulins (to the west), another district of the Côte d'Azur capital plagued by galloping delinquency and plagued by drug trafficking. But all good things come to an end. Thursday evening, a police intervention degenerated after the arrest of a small strike by a crew of the Anti-Crime Brigade (BAC).
The facts occurred around 20h, on the boulevard de l'Ariane. The four officers were then in their vehicle when they were attacked by a young dealer who threw various projectiles at them. The latter was immediately apprehended, as well as a second individual who tried to intervene between the police and the trafficker. The news quickly spread in the city. Thirty minutes later, about forty young people decided to go to the neighborhood police station to protest.
Driven by hatred and violence, several of them embarked on a business of stone-throwing the police station with beer bottles, among other things. It was finally the arrival on the spot of a CRS unit that put an end to the abuses. Two additional individuals were arrested. One for throwing projectiles, the other for contempt of a person holding public authority. "Luckily, there were no injuries or serious damage," said a police officer. The same evening, the deputy of the 1st constituency of Alpes-Maritimes and president of the Republicans, Eric Ciotti, was annoyed by this new attack against police officers. "How much longer are we going to let these thugs thrive and attack the Republic?" he wrote on Twitter.
The struggle continues and it must be merciless
Philippe Pradal, municipal councillor and MP for the 3rd constituency of Maralpine
On Friday morning, the parliamentarian went to the Ariane police station to support the agents. "They sometimes have the feeling of accomplishing a mission at the Sysiphe where every day they have to start again. The major problem lies in the overall response to this situation, which is deteriorating a little more," he commented. He added: "Drug trafficking is on a worrying scale in Nice. I don't want us to go to Marseille!"
Philippe Pradal, municipal councillor and deputy of the 3rd district maralpine must also go to the bedside of the police Friday afternoon. "I obviously give all my support to the police who have been taken to task in their work to protect honest people," he told Le Figaro. "What happened last night shows that the fight against drug trafficking crystallizes tensions and creates turmoil. To caricature, we can say that if we let them do it they would not attack the police. If they do, it is because the struggle continues, and it must be merciless," he concludes.