Crime in Marseilles
This article about crime in Marseilles is from La Provence, a local paper:
Twenty-six assaults per day in Marseilles. Is there any need to comment on the figures when the figures speak for themselves? When the Superior Court reopened after the New Year, district attorney Jacques Dallest (photo above) used the occasion to explain the figures in more detail. And this year, they are more painful than before. They paint the portrait of a city that is suffering from crime: a 19% increase in armed robberies over 2009. With, as the attorney said, "assaults" executed "only for lucre" rising at a frightening rate. Three hundred crimes, major and minor, take place each day within the precinct (Marseilles-Aubagne-La Ciotat) of the Superior Court. "Marseilles is a minefield of criminal infractions," attorney Dallest declared in summary.
So it is that eighteen people a day are sent before the judge. Seventeen hundred cases of armed robbery were recorded in 2010 in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône. Half of these took place under threat of a weapon. In one night in January nine robberies of this type were committed. The commando action has become a favorite tactic of criminals. One hundred persons were assaulted last year, and in the ghettos of Marseilles violence is prospering: 84 homicides or attempted homicides in 2010, of which 47 involved neighborhood vendettas. In 14 cases there was a killing. (…) As for crime in Corsica, which is more and more frequently tried in the courts of Marseilles, last year there were 26 cases of payback, 80 investigations and 60 incarcerations.
"Crime means also the recycling of dirty money, and assaults on our economic and social order," Jacques Dallest drove home. The prosecution will continue to track down crooks of all types." This message was directed at those involved in today's most hot-button political-financial scandals.
More figures: sex crimes are up 12%, more than 10,000 burglaries in 2010, and 48 highway deaths compared to 53 in 2009.
The hell of criminal activity will be paved with good judicial intentions. In order to make it more efficient, the president of the tribunal François Pion announced the creation of two weekly sessions devoted to immediate hearings of offenders. The judges of Marseilles will have little time to be bored.
Just a glance at the headlines from Novopress reveals a non-stop litany of violent attacks in the city of Fanny, Marius and César:
On November 11, 2010 a police raid turned up six weapons, including a replica of an M16 and a replica of an AK47. Ammunition, bullet-proof vests and three stolen motorcycles were also found.
Another article informs us that a sixteen-year-old was murdered with an AK47 on November 19, 2010, that there had been up to that time 17 shootings and 14 deaths in eleven months, and that the city has a ridiculously small police force.
On December 29, 2010 a commando of four individuals armed with AK47's held up a grocery store. They stole several thousand euros from the safe and fled in a stolen armored truck, which was later found completely burnt on a near-by boulevard. This was the 6th attack with AK47's in less than two weeks. The methods used indicate that the new face of gangsterism is predominantly Maghrebin.
On December 30, 2010 a second holdup with heavy weapons occurred in a new supermarket. Three thugs armed with automatic revolvers and a pump rifle stole a thousand euros. "From Seine-Saint-Denis to Marseilles, not to mention Grenoble, the new gangsterism resulting from immigration is eroding the safety of the French people. A grave failure of the government."
A 73-year-old woman died in the hospital after being mugged at a bus top. While she was waiting two young persons on motor bikes grabbed her handbag, causing her to fall and be dragged several meters. At first they found a fractured femur, but she quickly lapsed into a coma. The case was classified as willful assault and battery resulting in involuntary homicide.
Below, a video of Friday prayers in the streets of Marseilles, identical in many ways to the videos of street prayers in Paris:
Finally, according to the archbishop of Marseilles Georges Pontier, some Catholic schools implanted in "working class neighborhoods" have a student body of up to 80% Muslims! For the archbishop, training through inter-religious dialogue will permit these questions to be answered: "How to announce the Gospel? How to accept Muslim holidays? What can we accept or not accept?" According to archbishop Georges Pontier, "We must not run from these questions. Even if the subject is delicate and marks a juncture of the religious dimension and identitarian issues."
Note: If 80% of the classes are Muslim there aren't many questions left to run from, except perhaps how to justify leaving the other twenty percent in this cultural cloaca.