Paris No-Go Zone Police Overwhelmed Attempting to Enforce Quarantine

People walk in a shopping street of Saint-Denis, near Paris on March 18, 2020, after a strict lockdown came into effect in France to stop the spread of the COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. - A strict lockdown requiring most people in France to remain at home came into …

22 Mar 2020 by CHRIS TOMLINSON

Police in Paris no-go zones are becoming overwhelmed trying to maintain the nationwide quarantine and have handed out record numbers of fines.

The heavily migrant-populated Seine-Saint-Denis area is proving to be a tough area for police to enforce the nationwide anti-coronavirus quarantine ordered by French president Emmanuel Macron, with police officers admitting that they are overwhelmed.

A man guarding a local pharmacy told newspaper Le Temps that many of the residents do not even believe the virus is a threat to them at all

“They do not understand anything. Some even say that this virus is a fable of whites to force them to desert the street,” the man said.

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Section of Paris Caught Largely Ignoring Macron Lockdown 

Policemen patrol on the Esplanade du Trocadero square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on March 17, 2020 in Paris as a strict lockdown comes into in effect in France to stop the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. - A strict lockdown requiring most people in France …

Section of Paris Caught Largely Ignoring Macron Lockdown

Despite orders to remain in their homes, members of the public in various parts of Paris were observed gathering in large crowds.

Other areas of Seine-Saint-Denis also saw people gathering, including a local shopping centre where a number of minority teenagers chatted with each other, some wearing masks, others not.

Police say that enforcing the law in the area is “impossible” and that if they try to impose the 135 euro fines they would not be able to contain the potential backlash, and that the risk of a crowd forming would only increase the chances of spreading the coronavirus.

“We are not going to give up. But we also know where these people live and how they live. Strict containment, for them, is just impossible,” an officer explained.

On Wednesday it was reported that 10 per cent of all the fines for breaking the quarantine in France were given in Seine-Saint-Denis, per Fabienne Klein-Donati, the public prosecutor of Bobigny.

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Illegal Migrant Population in Paris No-Go Zone Suburbs Hits 400,000 

TOPSHOT - Men look at a makeshift camp during its evacuation by police, along the Canal de Saint-Martin at Quai de Valmy in Paris, on June 4, 2018. - More than 500 migrants and refugees were evacuated on early June 4, 2018 from a makeshift camp that had been set …

Illegal Migrant Population in Paris’s No-Go Zones as High as 20 Percent

There could be as many as 400,000 illegal immigrants living in Seine-Saint-Denis according to a report from the French parliament.

The quarantine measures were also largely ignored by residents in the highly migrant-populated 18th arrondissement in the north of Paris, with crowds of people walking around the area despite police orders to stay in their homes.

The coronavirus outbreak has also led to pharmacies becoming targets for burglars, as in the city of Colombes just outside of Paris, where a man from Seine-Saint-Denis was arrested for stealing medical face masks and hand sanitiser.

In Seine-et-Marne, meanwhile, drug dealers donned masks and other medical gear and were seen strolling along the streets of the Almont district of Melun, even creating a video for social media advertising that they were still selling drugs, regardless of the quarantine and coronavirus outbreak.

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French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a television screen as he speaks during a televised address to the nation on the outbreak of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, on March 16, 2020, in Paris. - The French president addresses the nation, with many expecting him to unveil more …
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Macron Puts France on 15-Day Lockdown in Coronavirus ‘Health War’

French President Emmanuel Macron has enacted measures to lock down all of France for 15 days and has declared that the country is facing a “health war” as coronavirus cases increase.



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