“It went very well”, assures the prefect of police

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Sunday, on Europe 1, Emmanuel Barbe, police prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône, took stock of the first evening of curfew in Marseille. According to him, the Marseillais were "very respectful" of the schedules.


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Sunday, on Europe 1, Emmanuel Barbe, police prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône, took stock of the first evening of curfew in Marseille. According to him, the Marseillais were “very respectful” of the schedules.

This evening was closely scrutinized by the authorities. Saturday evening, nearly 20 million inhabitants in the Paris region and in eight metropolises folded the curfew obligation, measure taken by the government to halt the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic. And in Marseille, these new restrictions seem to have been respected on the whole, according to Emmanuel Barbe, police prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône, invited Sunday from Europe 1. The Marseillais, he notes, were “very” respectful of schedules.

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“I completed the checks at 11:30 pm, the roads were deserted. And from 9 pm, in the Old Port, the city emptied, to the surprise of the police officers present,” said the prefect of police. “Overall, it went remarkably well.”

96% of people checked were in good standing

In total, “we checked a few thousand people, and 96% of them were in order (…) a lot of people had certificates,” says Emmanuel Barbe. “We issued around 200 tickets, but for people of very bad faith.” “It went very well”, he insists again, saying “very grateful to the population and the professionals”. For the guest from Europe 1, “it was fiercely reminiscent of the time of confinement, where there too, we thought that in Marseille, it would go badly, and in fact it had gone well”.

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It now remains to continue the efforts. The objective, explains Emmanuel Barbe, is to “manage to hold out over time”.

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