France: Police station attacked with fireworks mortar

The attack on a police station in the suburbs of Paris on Saturday night by some 40 people who fired fireworks mortars, without causing any injuries, sparked a stirring among French police officers and the rashes of the right-wing opposition that calls for firmness.

The attack on a police station in the suburbs of Paris on Saturday night by some 40 people who fired fireworks mortars, without causing any injuries, sparked a stirring among French police officers and the rashes of the right-wing opposition that calls for firmness.

Two officers were in front of the Champigny-sur-Marne police station smoking when about 40 people, hidden faces and armed with iron bars, arrived, breaking police vehicle windows and the glass door at the entrance, according to a police source.

The two officials just had time to take shelter in the security lock at the entrance of the police station. The incidents began shortly before midnight and ended an hour later.

Eight mortars were found nearby, said the police prefecture of Paris.

The police station was โ€œattacked because there is a territorial war on the territory of the Republic and because we are reconquering: we are imposing the presence of the police everywhere (…), which must, among other things, fight drug traffickingโ€, said Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

He denounced โ€œacts of great savageryโ€ on the part of โ€œthugsโ€, โ€œthugsโ€, who came to โ€œbreak the symbols of the Republicโ€ and โ€œbreak the copโ€.

A police union, Alliance, immediately denounced the attack. โ€œIt is high time that the government took up the violence against the forces of law and order (…) No one respects the forces of law and order, unfortunately, the government has failed to reverse this trend,โ€ reacted its delegate general, Frรฉdรฉric Lagache.

This attack comes when the country is in shock of the very violent attack on Wednesday night, which two police officers were beaten and injured by gunfire in the Paris region while they were on mission. According to a source close to the investigation, the most seriously injured policeman is in stable condition but still in an artificial coma.

President Emmanuel Macron will receive police unions on Thursday.

In April, this police station, the only one in this commune of more than 77.000 inhabitants, had already been the target, on a lesser scale, of fireworks mortars, but โ€œit was just young people who had trouble living with containmentโ€, according to the mayor of the city Laurent Jeanne (right).

โ€œThere, we are on something completely different: we wanted to attack the physical integrity of two police officers,โ€ the edile said, saying that he was โ€œstuntedโ€ at his actions.

Fireworks mortars, pyrotechnic devices used by fireworks professionals, are increasingly being diverted by criminals to attack law enforcement.

They are composed of a cardboard cylinder and an explosive charge. โ€œIn normal use, it is planted on the ground and pulled into the air. But the thugs took it to make a weapon by destination. With a tense shot, he can hurt someone and in the faceโ€, explains Rocco Contento, spokesperson for the Union Union SGP.

On Sunday, the Interior Minister affirmed his will to prohibit their sale to the public by law.

the right-wing opposition called for a strong response from the government.

โ€œThese scenes of war are intolerableโ€, for Valรฉrie Pecresse, president of the Ile-de-France region. The president of the Rassemblement national (far right) Marine Le Pen called for โ€œan absolutely considerable turn on crimeโ€ and to โ€œmorally rearmโ€ police officers.

A series of violent incidents targeting police officers has since this summer reanchored the issue of insecurity in the French political debate, about 18 months before the presidential election.

According to a study published in November 2019 by the Observatoire national de la delinquance et des replies penales (ONDRP), the French national police recorded 12,853 injured officers in 2018, an increase of almost 16% compared to 2017.

In 11% of cases (compared to 8% in 2017), injuries were made with a weapon (firearm, blank or destination).

By CCeiT (AFP)