Castaner insists on the context of "urban violence"


"It was not a high school movement, but a real urban violence." The Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, reacted on Friday 7 December to the questioning of 153 high school students of Mantes-la-Jolie (Yvelines) the day before. A video showing files of students on their knees, hands over their heads, under the supervision of policemen in helmets, armed with truncheons and shields, has provoked many indignant reactions.

As his colleague, Jean-Michel Blanquer, had said a few hours earlier, Mr. Castaner emphasized the context that led to these arrests. "There were a hundred people hooded and armed with sticks, with the firm intention to fight with the police", he assured, after acknowledging that the images were "Hard". "They are young people who are not necessarily teenagers and high school students"said the minister at a press conference in Beauveau.

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"The radical elements will mobilize again"

On the eve of a fourth weekend of mobilization of "yellow jackets" and while the executive feared new violence, Mr. Castaner refused to disclose the device that will be adopted by the forces of the order, not to inform & # 39; & # 39; Wreckers.

"These last three weeks have given birth to a monster that has escaped his parents"he said. If the movement brings together only one "Small minority" around 10,000 people across France, according to Christophe Castaner, "Everything suggests that the radical elements will mobilize again" Saturday. The authorities are not waiting "Only a few thousand people [à Paris]but in these people there are ultraviolent people " he repeated.

In the middle of the day, the prefect of Tarn-et-Garonne announced the seizure of 28 Molotov cocktails "Ready to use" and three homemade bombs on a roundabout occupied by "yellow vests" in Montauban. An investigation was opened by the public prosecutor for "Transport of explosive substances or products".

Complaint against Nicolas Dupont-Aignan

The Minister of the Interior also announced his intention to lodge a complaint, "For the honor" forces mobilized against the president of the sovereignty Debout France, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan. Asked by Daily Tuesday, in the corridors of the Assembly, he had heard " [c’étaient] the little hammers of Mr. Castaner » who had vandalized the Arc de Triomphest December.

"We will see if this lord dares to oppose his parliamentary status, then he would add shame to humiliation"Castaner judged after the announcement of his complaint.

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