"No-Go Zones". Again.
Police chiefs BLASTED for sending officers into gang ridden 'no-go zones' in France
FRENCH police chiefs have been heavily criticised for sending officers into gang-ridden "no-go zones" after two officers were seriously injured in a petrol bomb attack this weekend. By Vickiie Oliphant
The officials were on patrol on the Grande Borne, a notorious housing estate in Paris, at the time of the sickening attack.
Eyewitnesses said they were "attacked from all sides" by the cowardly mob, who threw Molotov cocktails at the officers - who were badly burned and rushed to intensive care units in hospital.
The incident, in which around 15 people attacked a patrol car in broad daylight on Saturday, further highlighted a national debate on security as France prepares for next year's presidential election.
Now officers are calling for greater protecting when they enter so-called "no-go zones" plagued by tough gangs and violent warfare.
Denis Jacob from the union Alternative police-CFDT said: “Of course there are no-go zones in France where the police cannot intervene and do their jobs in safety. And it’s the same for fire fighters or pretty much any representative of the state.
“The police can’t apply the law in these areas, 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.
“It’s not just a problem with this government it’s 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."
The CFDT union said: "Despite all the reassurances, there are still no-go zones in France ruled by a handful of gangs of criminals who get more and more radical as the years go by."
According to France’s national crime observatory, the number of police and gendarmes (military police) injured while on duty rose by 25 per cent between 2010 and 2015.
Now, although security is dominating the agenda in the run-up to the presidential and parliamentary elections next April, officials have refused to listen to union bosses over the "no-go zones".
In a press conference after the attack, prime minister Manuel Valls acknowledged there are “particularly difficult areas”. But he said: “The authority of the state will be guaranteed. There are no no-go zones.”
...opponents were quick to accuse Mr Hollande's socialist government of being a soft touch on law and order.
Alain Juppe, the centre-right politician that opinion polls favour to become France's next president, said: "A strong state is a state that does not go into retreat, a state that gets rid of no-go zones."
The attack comes during a state of emergency put in place across France following a string of Islamic State terror attacks.
Warped jihadists slaughtered 130 people across Paris last November, while 86 people were killed in Nice while celebrating Bastille Day in July.
Grande Borne, a housing project that was built in the 1960s, is now officially classed as a "sensitive security area".