Emotions run high in Champigny-sur-Marne, after the attack carried out by around 40 people against the town police station, in the night from Saturday to Sunday, with fireworks directly directed against the facade of the building. A person was taken into custody after this assault, which did not injure anyone, but cars and the glass front door were damaged. In the neighborhood, the event caused a stir.
“We are afraid for our children”
Because in the middle of the night, the powerful detonations of fireworks, fired by mortars, echoed against the facades of the great towers. “We were too scared”, testifies Carmen, who lives right in front of the police station. “Frankly, we feel that we are not safe here,” she slips. “Even the police cannot intervene to protect us, it is bad traffic everywhere.”
“This is not the first time that we see these scenes, there was the same thing almost a month ago,” continues the local. “We are afraid for our children.”
In front of the broken windows, Youssouf comes to see in real life what he saw on television. If the decor is ultimately nothing of a war scene, this former neighborhood is nonetheless shocked by the symbol aimed. “It’s impressive,” he breathes. “The police, all the same… They protect us, they protect the population and the property of the citizens. It is very serious.”
“They hit a youngster”
The police station was regularly targeted by young people, but not for trafficking, promises one of them: this anger would follow an arrest that went wrong at the beginning of the week. “They hit a guy, a young kid from the neighborhood, they ran into him,” he says. “They broke his femur, he’s still in the hospital. And after them, when they’re sprayed with three mortars, they pretend there’s something crazy …”
The LR president of the Ile de France region, Valérie Pécresse, went to the site on Sunday afternoon to provide her support, ask for sanctions and demand more police officers on the ground.