Police officers were injured in Lyon during an arrest which turned into a scuffle. Several political leaders gave them their support.
Several LR and RN politicians on Thursday gave their support to the police officers injured in Lyon during an arrest which turned into a scuffle and asked the Minister of the Interior Gérard Darmanin to “take back control”. Two police officers were injured Wednesday evening in Lyon while trying to arrest a person suspected of theft, in the middle of a crowd who violently attacked them, a police source said on Thursday. “At La Guillotière, the police are seen as a foreign force that interferes with the order established by individuals who have no business in France. Since November, when it took 300 police officers to get me in, nothing has changed. What is Gérald Darmanin waiting for to regain control? “Reacted on Twitter the president of RN Jordan Bardella.
“Support for our police officers attacked with iron bars by wild hordes in Lyon while they were arresting an offender. How much longer are we going to tolerate this? Zero tolerance towards those who attack the uniform of the Republic!”, Criticized the LR deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti.
“The sign of a sinking civilization”
The LR president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Laurent Wauquiez, also supported the police on Twitter and denounced “these news items (which) are no longer news items” but “the sign of a civilization which dark”. “But rest assured, the mayor of Lyon is considering the possibility of launching an audit on the installation of cameras somewhere, one day, in the city”, he quipped. On a video of the scene broadcast on social networks, relayed by the Alliance union and the LyonMag information site, we see three plainclothes police officers, two men and a woman, being beaten and thrown by projectiles in front of the entrance of a convenience store in the sensitive district of La Guillotière, in the city center.
The crew in civilian clothes “were intervening for a snatch robbery when they were very quickly attacked by the crowd”, a police source told AFP, adding that the suspect took the opportunity to flee. “Colleagues will press charges for their injuries,” the source added.
“Full support for our three police officers who were victims of unbearable violence in Lyon”, reacted the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, in a tweet.
At the beginning of the year, a specialized field brigade was set up in the Guillotière district to try to stem crime and trafficking there, while acts of violence have increased there over the past two years.