Macron has admitted that they have lost the battle against drug trafficking occurring in the growing number of no-go zones. He asked for the assistance of the mayors and the public to find solutions.
The mayors were expecting more from Macron, they were anticipating some concrete guidelines for resolving the growing problem but instead they found that Macron just put the problem on their backs. Their expectations were probably based on the ambitious strategy that was initially proposed by the former minister, Jean-Louis Borloo. These strategies were tried and failed to bear any results but at least there was a concrete plan.
Macron’s vague idea is to create a ‘society of vigilance’, an idea that sounds similar to the US idea of ‘if you see something, say something’. He proposed that by 2020, there will be 1,300 additional police to cover the no-go zones. These ‘no-go’ zones are referred to as sensitive areas. In 2011 a report entitled ‘Suburbs of the Republic’ concluded that many French suburbs are becoming separate Islamic societies cut off from the French state and where Islamic law is rapidly displacing French civil law.
Macron realistically can’t be held totally responsible for the deterioration of France as he has only held his current position since 2017. This problem was known from at least in 2011 when the ‘Suburbs of the Republic’ was penned. Fancois Hollande was the president from 2012. The issue with Macron, is he lax stance on immigration which is the main cause of the growing ‘no-go’ areas. Also Macron apparently has no idea on how to being to rectify the problem.