On January 1, 2018, the Minister of the Interior was explaining away the violence against the police and firefighters as the consequence of «social injustice.» After he congratulated himself for the «peaceful» New Year’s Eve, Collomb talked the same rubbish as usual: namely, that the Muslim «youths» involved in destruction and violence are not criminals, rather they are victims of their «environment»:

«I think it is those neighborhoods that need to be changed. Those huge apartment blocks in the suburbs represent an inhuman environment generating violence… I do not think these neighborhoods can stay that way.»

As usual, the government will try to buy peace with money. Meanwhile, suicides are spreading among police officers. In November 2017, in a single week, five police officers committed suicide in different French cities. On December 3, 2017, a police officer committed suicide inside the precinct of Alençon, in southern France. On December 5, 2017, a security officer of the Ministry of Labor committed suicide in the parking lot of a Gendarmerie precinct. Between January 1, 2017 and December 1, 47 police officers and 16 gendarmes took their own lives. It was an all-time high.

Picture: Emmanuel Macron and minister of the interior Gerard Collomb outside HyperCacher supermarket, three years after the terror attack. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters/Scanpix