It took 24 hours for a LREM MP from Calvados to realize (and be shocked!)
That the police are unable to enforce the ban on occupying the halls and common areas of the buildings in the area. some of our neighborhoods. And “to give birth” immediately to a great idea: “contraventionnaliser” an offense that was previously a crime. What a clairvoyance on the part of this parliamentarian who became aware, in a few hours, of a reality that has existed for decades!
All the pragmatism of those in power in our country is thus summarized.
And, for good measure, this elected rushed to the Bourbon Palace to file an amendment in the framework of the next bill to reform the Justice, which should be examined from 19 November in the Hemicycle . As it should be, this revolutionary measure for the fight against crime should be adopted unanimously by the majority group in the Assembly. This provision, supposed to allow the police to better fight insecurity in our cities is, of course, a dark imbecility. It proves, once again, that those who are today in charge of security in France have still not understood anything.
In particular, it is not the texts that exist that are bad or inappropriate, but rather the way in which those who are in control decide to implement them. Or, more exactly, not to apply them. Until today, the illegal occupation of the halls of buildings is punishable by a prison sentence of two months and a fine of 3,750 euros. And when this crowd is accompanied by violence or threats, this penalty can be increased to six months imprisonment and 7,500 euros fine. This offense, which is a crime, thus offers the police the opportunity to intervene in the context of the flagrant offense. And, thus, to proceed to arrests and to cautions.
This procedure, useful in the fight against gangs and trafficking of all kinds, is however difficult to implement because it assumes several things. First, a real political will to confront offenders in the suburbs and, in the heart of these suburbs, in neighborhoods. Then, the installation of heavy and structured intervention devices. Indeed, a single police patrol, often made up of two or three peacekeepers, can hardly handle this mission alone.
Finally, the application by the judges of the penalties provided, and this is often the problem.
What judge will today send to prison an individual just because he squatted a stairwell? Contravenalizing this offense, that is to say, making it liable to a single fine of 300 euros, will not solve this vast problem, often the cause of the exasperation of many of our fellow citizens. In the first place because with a simple contravention, more coercion possible. And in particular more measure of custody possible. Secondly, which police officer will take the risk of going into contact with a group of refugee traffickers in a building to find a simple ticket? Finally, will the police take the risk of putting a neighborhood to fire and blood for 300 euros? Of course not.
This new find of a deputy In March! is therefore that of an elected official completely disconnected from realities. No doubt he thought, after spending a few hours with police officers in his riding, that he would discover by himself the magic cure to stop crime in our suburbs. No doubt it would have been better for everyone to stay at home.