Valls and Taubira Unite Against Escalating Violence in Marseille

Interior Minister Manuel Valls

The cycle of violence in Marseille has existed for some time, but a recent crime wave has drawn international attention. Manuel Valls, Interior Minister, and Christiane Taubira, Justice Minister, went to Marseille on Friday to demonstrate the national government’s support in fighting the situation in Marseille.

Samia Ghali, a Senator for Bouches-du-Rhône, a suburb of Marseille, requested in August that the government send the army to help restore order. The request for army intervention was denied, but 205 reinforcements were sent. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of Women’s Rights and Government Press Secretary, said that the request “should be listened to.”

20 people have been killed in Marseille and its greater metropolitan area in the past 9 months. The crimes are mostly drug-related, and have not increased significantly in number but in level of violence. This increase in the severity of the crimes is due to increased access to semiautomatic rifles.

Most of the drug gangs are located in the northern suburbs of Marseille, where the neighborhoods have an incredibly high poverty rate and excessive unemployment. In the new urban renewal plan to target the 6 administrative départements most in need, one was Bouches-du-Rhône.

For more detailed information about the situation in Marseille, check out this article.


  1. Sarantis Symeonoglou says:

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