Paris sees violent crime rising by 70 percent in some areas and a huge increase in burglaries, as police say they are struggling to cope
- The figures on violent crime increased by 9% in Paris compared to the previous year
- Since the beginning of the year, 35,000 attacks have been reported in the capital
- Police interventions fall by almost 8% after the emergence of Yellow Vest protests
Violent crime has risen by 9% in Paris since last year, according to figures from the French media this week.
The reports, which were obtained and analyzed by center-law French newspaper Le Figaro, police officer Didier Lallement sent to the mayors of Paris arrondissements or administrative districts.
The fourth district of Paris was one of the areas most affected by the increase, with figures rising to 487 registered violent crimes, an increase of 70% compared to the 285 incidents reported in the previous year.
French police are holding a man suspected of pickpocketing in Paris on 5 August 2015 during a crackdown on pickpockets and street scammers aimed at tourists (File Photo)
People are outside the restaurant & # 39; Le Fouquet & # 39; s & # 39; set on fire during clashes with riot police on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on March 16, 2019, during the 18th consecutive Saturday of demonstrations summoned by the & # 39; Yellow Vest & # 39; movement
Riot police charged with tear gas bus on the Arc de Triomphe on Place de l & # 39; Etoile on March 16, 2019, during clashes with protesters from Yellow Vest
The number of attacks has also risen this year, with more than 35,000 registered incidents since the beginning of January.
In response to the recently released statistics, Philippe Goujon, mayor of the 15th arrondissement of Paris, said it was time to adopt a plan against burglary in Paris, with a real task force. & # 39;
It is time to approve a plan against burglary in Paris with a real task force
Mr Goujon blamed the increase in robbery on criminal networks from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and called for & # 39; determined action & # 39; to disrupt organized criminal networks.
In a conversation with Le Figaro, a senior police officer told the newspaper that the police had been stretched to capacity.
& # 39; Too many missions have been piled up and our numbers are finite, & # 39; he said.
Police officers patrol outside the police headquarters in Paris, Friday, October 4, 2019.
Riot police clash with protesters who & # 39; yellow vests & # 39; bears near the Champs-Elysees street in Paris on December 8, 2018
A car burns during a Yellow Vest protest near the Paris city hall on December 8, 2018
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Criminal property damage has increased by 13% in the capital, with an average of 650 reported incidents per day, while the figures have increased to 180,000 reported incidents in 2019.
However, Paris has been shocked this year by massive protests, including the Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement and climate protests by Extinction Rebellion.
Analysis by Le Figaro also suggests that the police response to the French & # 39; Yellow Vest & # 39; more than 47,000 police responses this year against 51,000 in the same period the previous year.
However, the figures have not all been bad, since total violent crime has fallen in 3 districts.
Paris also saw a decrease of 15.3% in armed robberies and a decrease of 7.8% in car theft.
It was a difficult year for the Paris police, as they were startled this year by a tragedy following a knife attack by a computer worker in October, who killed four of his colleagues.
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