While French President Emmanuel Macron proposed a vision for a more federalized European Union in assuming the presidency of the European Union, his government has also made it clear that does not apply to arms exports.
The rise in gang-related violence, which includes the use of firearms and even explosive materials, had been signaled in a report, which noted that at least 44 people had died in shooting incidents this year so far. It concluded that “despite extensive and offensive police work, the trend has moved in a negative direction and shootings and explosions remain at a high level.”
President Macron has denied that immigration is out of control. But his assurances contradict official data from the government statistics agency, INSEE, which show that net migration numbers have risen steadily since the early 2000s.
The prosecutor’s office in Digne-les-Bains, a French commune situated in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France, has opened an official investigation into an incident last Thursday which saw a group of individuals use rocks to smash the glass display of the memorial.
The incident, which according to police saw mainly nationals from Iraq and Syria captured and returned to the border area, took place on Sunday, a day after Poland accused the Belarusian regime of destroying its border barriers, arming migrants with tear gas, and blinding its security personnel with laser beams and strobe lights.