The mayors of Aubervilliers and Pantin sent the Prime Minister a letter signed by residents, asking for a lasting solution to the presence of crack users at the Porte de La Villette.
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About sixty people have relocated to the center of Paris, Wednesday, October 13, the weekly demonstration against the consumption of crack which had so far taken place in Seine-Saint-Denis. Several residents took turns at the microphone to describe the consequences of the recent establishment of crack users near Quatre-Chemins, a popular district straddling the communes of Aubervilliers and Pantin. They called on the authorities to act on the consequences of this situation.
After their speech, Karine Franclet, UDI mayor of Aubervilliers, and Bertrand Kern, PS mayor of Pantin, went with other elected officials from the department near Matignon. They gave a gendarme sent by the Prime Minister’s services a letter signed by the inhabitants. “We ask that these people who use crack be subject to medical, health and social care”, they write to Jean Castex.
On September 24, around fifty users of crack, a smokable and highly addictive derivative of cocaine, were expelled from the 19th arrondissement of the capital. The police headquarters had a wall erected in a tunnel to prevent drug addicts from going to Pantin. But the latter bypass the obstacle, renamed “wall of shame” by the inhabitants.