Tuesday, November 30

The Macron Government ‘bunkerizes’ the Champs Elysees and the historic heart of Paris


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The Government of Emmanuel Macron has decided to ‘bunkerize’ the Champs Elysees and the historic heart of Paris before Christmas, when fears of growing threats and savage behavior.

The Prefecture has published an official statement announcing the police measures that have begun to be put in place to “combat incivility and savage behavior.”

For months now, the great Parisian avenue of the Champs-Elysées has become, at the end of the day, in territory ‘occupied’ by gangs riding scooter races, which distract and alarm, at the same time, the clouds of tourists who try to avoid such races, accompanied by much less sporting activities.

The 1,910-meter-long Champs-Élysées have begun to be dotted with anti-riot vans, armed, with a deterrent and repressive character.

Groups of two to five armed riot police patrol for a good part of the day, carrying out numerous identity checks.

The circulation on the Champs Elysees has been prohibited, between 10 at night and 6 in the morning for all kinds of scooters, motorcycles and bicycles, in order to facilitate the expeditious control of the great avenue, when terrorist threats have grown.

Gendarmerie units cordoning off the surroundings of Plaza de Chatelet
Gendarmerie units cordoning off the surroundings of Plaza de Chatelet – J. P. QUIÑONERO

In the historic heart of the capital, around the Palace of Justice (the first state residence of the kings of France), where the process of the terrorist attacks in November 2015, the bunkerization has the proportions of a general cordon off: car traffic and transport have been cut off, ua subway station has been closed; streets and avenues are controlled by units of the Gendarmerie, in arms.

From the Place Saint-Michel to the Place de Chatelet, from Notre Dame to the Louvre, the historic heart of Paris, you are in state of siege for days. At the door of the Palace of Justice, dozens of anti-riot units, on foot and motorized, stand guard in a very conspicuous way at all corners.

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