France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls refuses to place the whole city of Marseille in a Priority Security Zone

Just to be clear. France is considering declaring the second largest city, and one of the poorest, in the entire country a No-Go zone due primarily to muslim violence. The English vocabulary for extremes has already been overused to such an extent that there simply are no words left to describe the magnitude of the significance of this article. As to our respective nations? Someone needs to make a bar graph of available data. That is, unless we actually do something different.

An original translation by C. B. Sashenka

From Le Figaro

July 31, 2013









For the Interior Minister Valls, to comply with the request of the socialist president of the urban community of Marseilles, Eugene Caselli, to place the entire Phoenician City (Marseille) in a Priority Security Zone (ZSP in French – Zone de Sécurité Prioritaire), would not make any sense.

A proposition that “would not be effective and would not make any sense” for Manuel Valls.

Wednesday, the Minister of Interior rejected the proposal advanced by Eugene Caselli, the socialist president of the urban community, and others before him, to classify the entire Phoenician City as a Priority Security Zone (ZSP in French).

In a letter addressed to Manuel Valls, the socialist elected official complains about the situation and denounces “intolerable exactions”. “I’m worried and angered. The situation has become so widespread that it warrants a maximum response”, writes the elected official Eugene Caselli, also candidate for the socialist primary elections for the local elections of Marseilles in 2014.

On France-Info, Manuel Valls rejected this radical measure: “We will not put all of Marseilles in a priority zone of safety. The ZSP’s are targeted devices”. In Marseilles, “there is only the city centre which is not in a zone of priority safety. The south and north districts are already in priority zones of safety; and in the city centre, we have created dedicated units (…) that actively patrol ”, he recalled.

Eugene Caselli had advanced this proposal after a wave of new violence at night on Monday to Tuesday. A little before midnight, a body had been found partly burned in a town bordering Marseilles, in Pennes-Mirabeau. The 22-year old young man was killed by a bullet to the head. Two men in their thirties were wounded by bullets in an industrial zone of the Saint-Pierre district. Finally, a driver of a garbage truck was a victim of several paintball shootings, when he drove au niveau de la traverse de la Jarre, not far from an area in a ZSP.

But the classification of the whole of Marseilles as a priority security zone is an old claim. In August 2012, UMP senator and mayor of Marseilles, Jean-Claude Gaudin, had also made this request in Le Figaro .

A few days earlier, the socialist senator Samia Ghali had required the intervention of the military. The creation of a second priority security zone had then been decided. A first zone already covered the North District in the 3rd, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th zones. Since November, the 9th, 10th and 11th zones in the South of the city are equally concerning. The authorities are taking concerted action appropriate with the acts of delinquency met on the ground.

The Alliance Police Union on the classification of the entire Marseilles as a priority security zone: “It is necessary to take into account the specificities of the Marseilles territory. Forty “districts” (cités) are classified as being at risk by the Prefecture (administrative jurisdiction), they are inside the city and not only in the areas defined by the government”, justifies David-Olivier Reverdy, spokesman of the Alliance for the Mediterranean zone. He denounces “a splash effect” by explaining why “the delinquency does not know borders, it shifts according to the actions of police force”.


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8 Replies to “France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls refuses to place the whole city of Marseille in a Priority Security Zone”

  1. France, you should be ashamed. You have now officially balkanised your nation. I think it’s time you had another French revolution.

  2. The feckless and foolish French government can ban all of the right wing groups, however that will solve nothing but only embolden the vicious, criminals in the Muslim community , who are the real problem.

  3. Marseille, France’s 2nd largest city and one of its poorest, has long been a haven for drugs (and immigration, mainly Muslims from the Maghreb, like Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, all west of Egypt), typical of port cities.

    The 1971 movie “The French Connection” depicts a major heroin ring based in Marseille, which housed illegal heroin labs, whereby opium (the raw material) was smuggled from Turkey to Marseille and then to the U.S. Marseille was involved in the manufacturing and trafficking of illegal heroin abroad.

    The French Connection was dismantled in the 1970’s, but seems things haven’t changed much, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, a city rife with violent gang crime, weapons (AK-47 Kalashnikov rifles) drugs and lawlessness, a city with over 860,000 people (250,000 Muslims), unemployment over 13%, 40% jobless…hmmmmm, multiculturalism at its best. Oh, and Marseille was chosen to be the European capital of culture for 2013. Not to forget that the largest mosque in France to hold 14,000 worshippers, will soon be built in none other than Marseille.

    Check this out:

  4. With !/3 of the population Muslim from various countries in N. Africa Most of them poor, uneducated unwilling to work, and culturally bankrupt Marseille has reached the tipping point it will only go downhill from here. Never mind more police , in the future it might take the French Foreign Legion to clean up this cesspool of a city.

  5. Socialist mayor eh?

    Placing the city, any city in France, in a priority zone is actually counterproductive. Its a sticking plaster when what France needs is major surgery. So no. No sticking plaster, as it will delay the time when surgery is the only solution, and may well be too late by then.

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