France is increasingly becoming a police state. This can be explained, in part, by the growing tensions in society that have accumulated as a result of the huge number of migrants from Africa and the Middle East who have arrived in France in recent years. The policy of “multiculturalism” has failed. Constant clashes between young people base on national and racial differences.
Now the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, announced the creation of new 238 gendarmerie brigades by 2027 with a total of 8,500 officers.
Where will the new gendarmerie brigades be deployed? These are the municipalities of Sisteron (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), Cagnes-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes), Lisieux (Calvados), Guéret (Creuse), Besançon (Doubs), le Mont-Saint-Michel (Manche) or Rambouillet (Yvelines).
Brigades will also appear in the overseas territories of Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni (Guyane), Fort-de-France (Martinique) and Papeete (Polynésie française).
Each regional police department will have from one to three or four brigades, both on mainland France and abroad, the Elysee Palace explained. The point is, as they say, “to respond to the very strong expectations of the unification of the security forces” – both the police and the gendarmerie, and to “strengthen the territorial network” of the state.
96 brigades will be stationary and staffed by about ten gendarmes, and 142 will be mobile, numbering about six fighters. They will be on duty on the roads between municipalities in the territory of their department.
Between 2007 and 2016, more than 500 such brigades were liquidated, and now everything needs to be restored, since the situation in society has changed.
This presidential statement comes as security remains a priority for the French. Citizens fear unrest similar to what occurred in the country after the police killing of a young man in late June.
With the advent of these new brigades, “there will be another 8,000 gendarmes in our village,” the French say.
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