Emmanuel Macron in Nice: The President of the Republic wants "double the number of police officers in the field by 2030" – VIDEO

12h55: Emmanuel Macron said Monday in Nice that he wanted to triple the fine for street harassment to 300 euros, an act which will be qualified as a “crime”, and intends to double the police presence in transport, as part of a future law on security (Lopmi). In this new law – which could not be voted until after 2022 – the Head of State explained that he wanted “to double the dedicated police presence in public transport at the times when the attacks are most noted”.

Emmanuel Macron argued that “among the victims of thefts with or without violence and of sexual violence in public transport” women represented “respectively 56% and 95% of the victims for 52% of the population”. He also announced the doubling in five years of the number of investigators dedicated to domestic violence, bringing their number to 4,000.

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President Macron further promised that Lopmi would increase by 200 the number of social workers in police stations and gendarmeries to reach a total of 600. He recalled the commitments announced in recent months to fight against domestic violence, such as the creation of a “file” in order to take into account weak signals of dangerousness, to prevent recidivism by individuals already known “.

Last August, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin had wished, with regard to firearms (a third of women are killed by firearms), that the file of people implicated for domestic violence be connected to those of owners of weapons and bans on port. “This will make it possible, he said then, to verify whether a person accused of such acts of violence” is in possession of a weapon and therefore to withdraw it from him, without even the testimony of his spouse “.

12h45: Emmanuel Macron announced Monday that the security budget would be increased by 15 billion euros over five years, as part of a bill that will be presented to the Council of Ministers in March. This “law of orientation and programming of the Ministry of the Interior” (Lopmi) – which could not be voted until after the presidential election – will add to the security budget an additional 15 billion euros over five years, i.e. an increase of 25% compared to the current budget, said the president during a trip to Nice.

This budgetary effort, which would be historic, would come after that of the 2022 budget which was already a record with an additional 1.5 billion euros dedicated to security. Concretely, the budget of the ministry would be increased by one billion in the first year, by two in the second year and so on up to five billion more in the fifth year, so that the total would reach 15 billion at the end of the Lopmi .

12h30: Emmanuel Macron also announced in Nice a generalization of fixed-rate tort fines (AFD) for offenses punishable by sentences of less than one year in prison.

12:17 p.m .: Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday that he wanted to “double the police officers on the ground by 2030”, in particular by the elimination of ancillary tasks and reorganizations. This measure will complement the creation of 10,000 law enforcement positions since the start of the five-year term, the president said in Nice, in front of elected officials and associations, during a trip devoted to security.

In September, in Roubaix, during a trip on this subject, the Head of State had already mentioned this doubling of the workforce on the public highway.

He explained Monday that to achieve this goal over the next five years, the orientation and programming law of the Ministry of the Interior (Lopmi) would put “an end to undue tasks”, such as guarding public buildings, transfer of detainees, police hearings, etc. In total, this should make it possible to free “3,500 police officers and gendarmes” to put them on the public highway.

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In addition, Emmanuel Macron announced an acceleration in the release of police and gendarmes from administrative tasks. “There will no longer be, he said, from 2023 a single one of these personnel active in the functions of administrative control at our borders or management of administrative detention centers (CRA)”. “This will allow us to put no less than 3,000 agents on the public road”, he estimated.

12h10: “We are going to mobilize these forces much more massively and double the police presence in public transport, in particular at the times when the attacks are most noted,” said Emmanuel Macron. The President also announced the generalization of fixed fines instead of sentences of less than one year in prison.

12:08 p.m .: Update on what we know at midday

Emmanuel Macron is in Nice on Monday to present his proposals on security, a central theme three months before the presidential election, and defends an assessment described as “secure Waterloo” by the right. This first trip by the president since he said last week to want to “piss off” the unvaccinated, comes against the backdrop of violence against elected officials in favor of the vaccination pass, such as the assault on Sunday of a LREM deputy from Saint-Pierre -et-Miquelon, strongly condemned by the political class.

The Head of State, given at this stage widely at the top of the polls in the first round, must “draw the contours” of the future programming and orientation law for internal security (Lopsi) for the years 2022-27. “We must work for the quiet life to which all our fellow citizens are entitled, we are not there yet (…) but we must tirelessly improve things”, he declared at the beginning of a series of ‘discussions with elected officials in front of the future “police hotel” to bring together the national and municipal police forces in a police station equipped with cutting-edge technologies.

He must project himself into the future and “draw prospects” because “we can not afford to be frozen on security”, according to an adviser. He will have a lot to do to defend a record that the right radically challenges him.

Last week, during a trip to the south-east, candidate LR Valérie Pécresse announced her intention to “bring the Kärcher out of the cellar” to “clean up the neighborhoods”, using a controversial expression from Nicolas Sarkozy when he was Minister of the Interior.

11:31 am: President Emmanuel Macron discusses the actions taken since the start of his five-year term in terms of security. “We need to make our police and justice work better,” he said. “We have reinvested over the past 5 years in our security with 10,000 positions”. The head of state wants to “double the police on the ground by 2030”.

11:09 am: President Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by Christian Estrosi, has just arrived in Nice. The Head of State is also accompanied by Gérald Darmanin and Marlène Schiappa. The head of state must notably lay the first stone of the future “police hotel” alongside the mayor, Christian Estrosi. According to the Elysee, this project should bring together the national and municipal police.

Scheduled to come into service in 2025, this structure will accommodate some 2,000 police officers (1,200 national, 800 municipal) and will be equipped with the first urban hypervision center, connected to surveillance cameras as well as to numerous sensors (air, traffic, etc. .). Its creation cost 220 million euros, including more than 170 financed by the State.

08:00: Eric Ciotti, LR MP from the Alpes-Maritimes and Lieutenant of Valérie Pécresse even takes advantage of this presidential move, which he will boycott, to accuse the head of state of “leaving the French a mechanical France Orange” in Le Figaro to be released this Monday.

Criticizing “a safe Waterloo” when discussing the president’s record in the fight against delinquency, Eric Ciotti sharply attacks Emmanuel Macron visiting his constituency, a pretext according to the deputy for “a small electoral maneuver” .

“Emmanuel Macron is in the process of misleading the institutions by campaigning with the means of the State in a shameless manner. He comes to lay the fictitious first stone of a police station whose work will not begin for two years and whose building permit application has not even been filed ”, criticizes the elected official who will not participate in the traditional Republican reception. Eric Ciotti, on the other hand, will organize a “counter-programming” at the Nice remand center in the morning, said his entourage. Then he will launch the “Pécresse 2022” committee in the Alpes-Maritimes.

7:11 am: Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Nice today will be placed under the theme of security. The head of state must notably lay the first stone of the future “police hotel” alongside the mayor, Christian Estrosi. According to the Elysee, this project should bring together the national and municipal police.

Scheduled to come into service in 2025, this structure will accommodate some 2,000 police officers (1,200 national, 800 municipal) and will be equipped with the first urban hypervision center, connected to surveillance cameras as well as to numerous sensors (air, traffic, etc. .). Its creation cost 220 million euros, including more than 170 financed by the State.

During this trip, the President of the Republic must also “draw the contours” of the future programming and orientation law for internal security (Lopsi), for the years 2022-27. This text was mentioned by Emmanuel Macron in his speech in Roubaix, at the end of the Beauvau de la sécurité, on September 14.

The Head of State had undertaken to “[le] present in the 1st quarter ”, adds the presidency. Accompanied by Gérald Darmanin and Marlène Schiappa, respectively Minister of the Interior and Minister Delegate for Citizenship, Emmanuel Macron will address security issues more broadly, during an exchange with representatives of the police, society civil and judicial. It will be a question of the fight against delinquency, the care of victims, feminicides and cybersecurity, according to the Elysee.

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