The Minister of the Interior wants to intensify the controls of urban rodeos “as the sunny days approach”.
Gérald Darmanin asked the police and the gendarmerie on Thursday to intensify checks on the axes frequented by urban rodeo enthusiasts this weekend and to systematically seize the machines used.
In a telegram addressed to the heads of the police and the gendarmerie, the Minister of the Interior explains “that with the approach of fine weather, the mobilization of all the services must intensify with the systematic seizure of vehicles and the ‘arrest of the authors’.
700 operations this weekend
He asks them “to implement determined actions from this Friday to deal with this phenomenon” and sets them the objective of “700 operations this weekend” which they will have to report to him.
These operations must also “be the subject of local communication aimed at elected officials and the population on social networks and in the press”, adds Gérald Darmanin. And to conclude his telegram with this handwritten note: “I am counting on your personal involvement to put an end to these unbearable disorders”.
The police and gendarmes are invited in particular to set up “coordinated control operations” and to “proceed with the systematic seizure of the devices used”.
A specific offense since 2018
According to the minister, “in 2021, 26,912 interventions and 3,206 offenses were noted”. “In the national police jurisdiction alone, 1,242 motorized vehicles were seized and 987 people placed in police custody on the basis of the law of August 3, 2018 (including 183 vehicles and 376 police custody under the jurisdiction of the prefecture of Paris police).”
The law of 3 August 2018 on urban rodeos created a specific offense punishable by one year in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros.