Below are a video and two articles about the recent mass violence in the French city of Dijon. The conflict is enricher-on-enricher: Chechens vs. Arabs.
First, a video excerpt from a panel discussion on French television. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.
Violence in Dijon: Laurent Nuñez promises, an extremely firm response”
June 16, 2020
The Secretary of State to the Interior Minister, Laurent Nuñez, promised on Tuesday “an extremely firm response” to the incidents that have rocked Dijon in recent days and announced a new reinforcement of more than 150 police officers mobilized for the coming night.
“I want to send a very clear message to the thugs that we have seen exhibiting weapons, to the individuals who came to commit violence here in Dijon: Our response will be extremely firm,” he said upon leaving the police station.
Tuesday evening “there will be two mobile police units in Dijon,” of about 150 officers and troops of the Gendarmerie, in addition to the local forces, he added, noting that “they will be present as many times as needed.”
The secretary of state also said that he “is very proud” of the actions of the police since Friday, saluting their “courage” and their “determination”. “The police did not hold back. That is totally incorrect!”
In line with the speech of Emmanuel Macron Sunday night, Mr. Nuñez reaffirmed that for him the police were “the guarantors of our republican order,” within a context of defiance and demonstrations in France and the entire world against police violence.
For four nights Dijon has been plagued by tensions in a city rarely accustomed to this kind of trouble. Everything began on June 10 with the attack on an adolescent from the Chechen community. Punitive expeditions, “completely unprecedented”, were then carried out this weekend in the center of the city and the sensitive quarter [no-go zone] of Grésilles by members of this [Chechen] community, and the proprietor of a pizzeria was seriously wounded by gunfire.
After three nights of violence, on Monday evening, the police dispersed a group of hooded and visibly armed men wanting to defend their quarter against these intrusions. “I understand that the population has been traumatized by these events.” The people of Dijon have the “right to peace, tranquility and safety, “ insisted Laurent Nuñez, in making it understood that the investigation was in progress. “There are leads,” he assured his audience.
Monday evening the prefect of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Bernard Schmeltz, defended the police strategy of non-intervention over the course of the weekend to AFP [Agence France Presse]. “Supervise and surround to prevent abuses: that is the only practical strategy.” That did not prevent the outgoing Socialist mayor of Dijon, François Rebsamen, from denouncing the lack of police measures, faced with some 200 Chechens, armed with iron bars, baseball bats, and sometimes firearms.
“Since justice comes too late and since the police don’t have the means of action, the Chechen community came itself to enforce its right,” the mayor analyzed, campaigning for a fourth term.
Christian Jacob has written a letter to the prime minister
The president of the Republicans, Christian Jacob, wrote a letter on Tuesday to the prime minister to ask him to “reaffirm without ambiguity,” his support for the police and “to finally take strong measures in the face of the explosion of violence in several quarters.”
“These unbearable images, from Dijon to Nice, against a backdrop of deleterious community [conditions], show hooded individuals, carrying heavy weapons, spreading terror, and imposing their law, with great impunity,” states Mr. Jacob in this letter to Edouard Philippe, of which the AFP has obtained a copy.
At the hour when our country is going through an unprecedented crisis, we cannot add a climate mixing division with chaos,” he added, when the city of Dijon has been shaken by tensions against a backdrop of punitive expeditions since the weekend.
A shootout in a quarter of Nice plagued by drug trafficking caused three injuries in the night between Sunday and Monday, a few hours after other incidents with knives and guns. Mr. Jacob deplores the “silence” of the prime minister, which, according to him, “sounds like an admission of guilty impotence.” “You must reaffirm without ambiguity your full support for our police,” he adds.
The second article on the Chechen situation in France, also translated by FouseSquawk, is from Le Figaro: