France Deploys 100,000 Police Officers to Enforce National Curfew

France will deploy 100,000 police and gendarmes across the country on New Year’s Eve to prevent gatherings and vandalism, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced on Dec. 29.

France will deploy 100,000 police and gendarmes across the country on New Year’s Eve to prevent gatherings and vandalism, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced on Dec. 29.

Darmanin said that the “exceptional” mobilization of the police is to ensure no public gatherings take place, to strictly enforce the national curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., and to prevent the torching of vehicles, which often take place to mark New Year’s Eve.

“The priority in the next few days must be to fight against unauthorized public gatherings and the phenomenon of urban violence,” Darmanin said in a written message to regional leaders on Dec. 28.

Darmanin said that the officers will be instructed to identify organizers of public gatherings and to fine participants. He also said patrols will search vehicles for “dangerous elements” that can be used against officers.

According to Darmanin, police operations will be concentrated in city centers and “sensitive” neighborhoods.

Darmanin also asked local police chiefs to impose bans on “the sale of fuel or alcohol in transportable containers, wherever possible” and suggested to avoid publicizing incidents of torching vehicles to “avoid any incidence of ‘competition.'”

France has seen a rise in the number of torched vehicles on New Year’s Eve in the last few years. According to media reports, a total of 1,457 vehicles were torched across the country last year, which is a 13% increase from the 1,031 vehicles torched in 2018.


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