France has no-go zones where police can’t intervene and work safely, police unions say, adding that criminals are under no law there and can attack citizens. This contradicts the words of French PM Manuel Valls, who said there are only “difficult areas.”
“Of course there are no-go zones in France where the police cannot intervene and do their jobs in safety,” Denis Jacob from the union Alternative police-CFDT told The Local. “And it’s the same for fire fighters or pretty much any representative of the state.”
Jacob added that in these ‘no-go’ areas, “police can’t apply the law, they are attacked.”
“If the police can’t do their work it’s because there are criminals and delinquents who don’t respect the law… A section of the population has no respect for the police or the state anymore,” said Jacob.
According to Jacob, this is not entirely due to the current French government headed by President Francois Hollande, but is a problem “with all French governments over the last 20 years.”
“Governments will never admit there are no-go zones because it’s a sign of a failed state,” he said.
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