In a “so-called” urban environment, violence and drug trafficking have increased to such an extent that shootings are now commonplace ‘no-go area’France’s resident said that the area is similar to the Ukraine war because it witnesses an average of one shooting per day.
The Fontbarlettes district of the city of Valence in southeastern France is one of the many Sensitive Urban Areas (ZUS) across the country, often referred to as “no-go zones”But, the situation has made it so dangerous that many local residents are now speaking out.
“Frankly, I’m afraid of everything. I’m afraid to go to the market, I’m afraid to go to the park. I’m afraid to let my children outside. Delinquency has taken over the inhabitants,”Franceinfo was informed by a local mother. According to the report, Valence’s suburbs see a shooting every two days, on average.
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“My children sleep with me because they are afraid,”Another resident stated that automatic gunfire is something they hear often, and also added that it was common for them to hear the saying. “We are at war. I see stuff about Ukraine and I tell myself it’s the same happening in my neighbourhood,”And more “It doesn’t even shock kids anymore to see drug trafficking, to find syringes.”
Franceinfo reports that there have been nine shootings in the area since January 1, with one of them involving an automatic Kalashnikov rifle.
Many businesses have left the region due to violence and drug trafficking. Parents have also complained about finding no place for their kids, aside from a local aqua centre, which costs 10 euro to access and many can’t afford.
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Elodie Degiovanni, the Prefect of the Drôme department, who serves as an official under the French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, admitted that insecurity in Fontbarlettes needed to be tackled but stated “our action is long-term.”
Police officers have tried to maintain order in the neighborhood, but have been attacked. The neighbourhood was completely cordoned off by the police in October last year after violence against officers.
The last few weeks have seen a number of criminal acts involving young children. These include the shooting of an 16-year old last Friday, and the arrest last Wednesday of two other children who were found with several hundreds euros in cannabis and heroin.
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