Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
Note the word ‘delinquancy’ in the original story, which borrows the French word délinquance. This translates better into English as ‘crime’ or ‘criminal activity’.
Municipal elections are coming up in France next month, and Macron looks as if he will be taking an electoral hit over his desperately unpopular economic ‘reform’ measures. Added to this are the latest crime stats, which are being used against Macron, naturally, by Le Pen. This from The Telegraph (paywall) of a few days ago:
Emmanuel Macron is under fire from Right-wing opposition parties over rising crime ahead of local elections next month in which the French president’s party appears set for a bruising defeat in Paris.
Marine Le Pen’s far-Right National Rally and mainstream conservative politicians are attacking what they describe as the government’s “laissez-faire” approach to law and order, which will be a decisive issue in the March elections.
It isn’t clear if last year’s stats are being made to look better than they are by carrying over crimes into the January, 2020 column. But at any rate, different types of crimes are certainly not going down in frequency, not by a mile.
Moreover, we recommend this additional piece by FreeWest Media titled Macron takes another nosedive in poll. Macron’s electoral base turning on him was predicted by sociologist Christophe Guilluy, who anticipated the Yellow Vest movement. Macron’s supporters, often older people who’ve had stable careers as ‘fonctionnaires’ with the state, can now see that their own pensions are at risk with his universal, points-based system. Professionals in a number of sectors have been vociferous in their opposition to his proposed reforms.
However, we cannot underestimate the extent to which incessant villification of Le Pen and her family over the years by establishment forces will still work to keep her numbers down and Macron at least marginally triumphant. The municipals will be interesting.
Delinquency in France explodes in 2020
Since the beginning of January, in France, murders, the settling of scores and other attacks have completely exploded.
PARIS – The year 2020 has started on a sad note for the French. The delinquency (crime) record in France in 2019 was already appalling, but this year could break all previous records.
Since January, figures from the police and the gendarmerie, which French daily Le Figaro (paywall) has been able to consult, reveal an explosion of violence on a daily basis, including the most serious offenses.
For example, the number of settling of accounts, murders or attempted murders jumped 18.7 percent in one month, with 380 cases in January, against 320 in the same period the previous year. Intentional assault and battery cases peaked at 140 attacks per day on average, an increase of 21 percent.
Hostage taking (+ 36.8 percent), kidnapping (+ 13.7 percent), threats and blackmail (+ 9.6 percent) also increased considerably. Even armed robberies, which had fallen considerably in recent years, started to rise again in January (+ 5.9 percent) while thefts with knives are also more and more numerous (+ 21.6 percent). But despite the Yellow Vest movement, acts of vandalism were down (- 2.9 percent), as were reports of carrying and possession of prohibited weapons.
But this is the only positive point of this worrying assessment, since sexual offenses increased by 14 percent, burglaries by 2.6 percent, pickpocketing by 16.4 percent and theft of vehicles by 4.4 percent.
The assessment of the start to 2020 is so terrible that certain specialists wonder: “if this under performance reflects, above all, the number of crimes committed last year which were carried over into this one?”
According to a criminologist speaking to Le Figaro, the carry-over of end-of-year 2019 offenses to January to lighten the annual toll of last year has indeed already happened in the past, even if the Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior Laurent Nuñez recently assured the public that these shenanigans were no longer used.
The Castaner-Nuñez duo is particularly unpopular. At the beginning of February, in the JDD, former minister Xavier Bertrand published a column in which he deplored the ambient “laissez-faire” and pointed to an executive particularly “uncomfortable with these questions about governance”.
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