After a violent petrol bomb attack on four officers near Paris, France’s prime minister insisted there were no no-go zones in the country, but police unions themselves told The Local the reality is very different.
Valls was paying a visit to the suburb of Paris where four police officers were injured on Saturday after coming under fire from a hail of Molotov cocktails.
The incident, which left one officer in a critical condition, occurred near the notorious housing estate of La Grande Borne in Viry-Châtillon, to the south of Paris.
The attack on the officers, who were protecting a CCTV camera installed in an area where there had been a spate of robberies on motorists, was used as ammunition by opposition politicians who claimed the government had allowed lawless areas to develop.
But PM Valls, who was joined by interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: “The authority of the state will be guaranteed. There are no no-go zones” before acknowledging that there are “particularly difficult areas”.
Valls promised all would be done to bring those responsible for the petrol bomb attack to justice.
“These individuals will be found, brought to justice and severely punished because when we attack the police, we attack France itself,” said the PM.
But police unions disagreed with the prime minister.