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Brawls between gangs in Essonne. Gérald Darmanin sends a hundred police officers as reinforcements
© GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin in a police station in Paris (Archives). While two deadly brawls broke out between gangs in less than 24 hours in Essonne, the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, went there. He announced that he had deployed around 100 police and gendarmes to “appease” the situation.
In less than 24 hours, two brawls opposing gangs in Essonne resulted in the death of two adolescents, a girl on Monday and a boy on Tuesday.
A teenager died on Tuesday following a new clash between two gangs of young people in Essonne, less than 24 hours after the death in this department of a 14-year-old schoolgirl, injured during of a brawl between minors, we learned from police sources. The boy was killed "very probably with a stab in the stomach", near the swimming pool of Boussy-saint-Antoine, specified to AFP the Departmental Directorate of Public Security of Essonne.
Another teenager was injured in the throat during this fight and was transported by helicopter to a hospital. According to another police source, at least six arrests took place. The brawl between "forty young people" from Epinay-sous-Sénart and Quincy-sous-Sénart, said the same source.
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Already Monday, in Essonne, an altercation had broken out between a dozen young people from Dourdan and Saint-Chéron, near the college of this small town of 5,000 inhabitants, located near Etampes. A teenage girl was then stabbed in the stomach. She died on the night of Monday to Tuesday in the hospital. For this clash in Saint-Chéron, at least six minors were taken into custody: three arrested and three others who had surrendered to the police, according to a source familiar with the matter. An investigation was opened by the Evry prosecutor's office for murder of a 15-year-old minor and group violence and entrusted to the Paris research section."Gangrene" of the bands
For the prosecutor of the Republic of Evry, this phenomenon "gangrene" the department of Essonne "and places minors in the front line". For Asmaa, a 17-year-old resident of Saint-Chéron, clashes "often occur" between the young people of the two communes, educated first in Saint-Chéron at the colleague then in Dourdan at the high school, but it is never "so serious". Such violence is rare in this "bucolic city where life is good", also declared the president (Les Républicains) of the Departmental Council of Essonne, François Durovray.
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After the first death, the prefect of Essonne, Eric Jalon, had mentioned facts of extreme gravity. He had let it be known that he had asked the gendarmerie "to strengthen surveillance and vigilance in the area of Saint-Chéron, Dourdan and neighboring municipalities to prevent any propagation of this phenomenon in the short term". He also announced a meeting next Monday with "the mayors of the ten municipalities most affected by this phenomenon in the department" as well as "transport companies and National Education". It is about providing "each of these sectors with a real anti-brawl device", he said.Violent bands
These two new deaths come one month after the beating of Yuriy, a 15-year-old schoolboy, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. A case which had aroused the excitement of the political class and shone the spotlight on the phenomenon of gangs in the capital. A plan to fight against violent gangs was launched in 2010 by the Paris police headquarters, with the creation of a unit that monitors this phenomenon throughout the Parisian conurbation (capital and inner suburbs).
For five years, the number of gangs has however appeared stable, both in the Paris conurbation and in the capital, a police source said, specifying that “46 active gangs” have been identified, including “15” in Paris. In the capital, there were two deaths in 2020, against one in 2019, three in 2018 and four in 2017. The number of injured rose to 72 in 2020, against 59 in 2019, 71 in 2018, 109 in 2017, according to the same source.
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