Riots in Lyon: towards a curfew? The prefect and the mayor respond

Riots in Lyon: towards a curfew? The prefect and the mayor respond
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By Nicholas Zaugra
Published on 1 Jul 23 at 22:45

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Control of the curfew in , during the Covid-19 epidemic. (©Illustration/ Prefecture of Meurthe-et-)

Will it take a curfew to keep Lyon under control in the face of riots of unprecedented violence at the beginning of July 2023? If Saturday evening appears calm, at 10 p.m., the debate mounts on the interest of this measure.

The EELV mayor of Lyon Grégory Doucet affirmed during a press conference on Saturday afternoon that the measure is “not on the agenda” at this stage, despite the “unprecedented violence” which has struck his city.

“It’s a decision that belongs to the government”, according to Doucet

Later that day, the mayor said in Progress that he does not wish to take a curfew measure, returning the responsibility for such a provision to the State and the government.

It is not up to the mayor of Lyon or another city to put a curfew. It is a decision that belongs to the government and the state. This was not on the agenda in our discussions with the prefect.

Gregory Doucet, Mayor of Lyon

However, at Villefranche-sur-Saone in the Rhône, the mayor issued a municipal decree from Saturday to Tuesday prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from going out alone in public spaces. In Ile-de-France, several municipalities have taken a similar measure or even a general curfew.

The prefect “does not forbid anything”

The prefect Fabienne Buccio questioned this Saturday evening on the ground by Lyon news ensures that the option remains on the table, however.

“We do not forbid ourselves anything, including the curfew, comments the regional prefect, Fabienne Buccio to Lyon news. When we encounter situations like today, we must use all the means at our disposal, but we must not refrain from having imagination like the Chamber of Commerce and Industry which recruited agents private security »

For the moment, the prefect and the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin are counting on additional reinforcements who arrived on Saturday evening, including the CRS8. The Raid and the BRI as well as armored vehicles from the national gendarmerie are also deployed.

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The government does not forbid anything either, including the state of emergency if the situation continues to be uncontrollable in France, said Elisabeth Borne, the Prime Minister, this week.

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