“Over the past five years, we have reinvested in security: an additional 3.5 billion euros in the budget of the Ministry of the Interior” : the echo of the patio of the former Saint-Roch hospital, in Nice, destined to become the future “police hotel” (national and municipal) of the city, In vain gave Emmanuel Macron’s words the tone of a homily, the President of the Republic did, first of all, speak the language of numbers.
Throughout an exercise that was reminiscent of his tour of the great national debate of 2019, he punctuated his speech – and his answers to the questions of his interlocutors – with supported references to the financial efforts already made and to come. in terms of security. First, the increase of 1.5 billion euros in the budget of the Ministry of the Interior for the year 2022, “25% more” according to the Elysee. To which should be added an announced investment of 15 billion euros in the space of five years to modernize the police and gendarmerie.
“History”, insisted on clarifying the President of the Republic, who did not, on the other hand, push the sense of detail to the point of declining the categorical measures of which the police unions had the first: increase in the bonus for police officers. judicial police and compensation for police officers working at night and, above all, payment of the equivalent of a thirteenth month to basic police and gendarmes, “A progressive measure over five years”, specifies a union source.
1,500 additional cyber patrollers
At the same time as the holding of a President of the Republic defending a contested record in security matters, Emmanuel Macron therefore endorsed, yesterday, that of a candidate lavish in hard cash. It was the least, given the proliferation of costly announcements: creation of a “republican action force” supposed to secure long-term sensitive neighborhoods and eleven new law enforcement units – the lessons demonstrations of “yellow vests” were drawn -, doubling of the police presence on the public highway, creation of 200 gendarmerie brigades in rural areas, a body of police clerks – a project led personally by the director general of the national police, Frédéric Veaux – implementation of a file for the prevention of domestic violence or assignment of 2,000 police officers and gendarmes to units specializing in the treatment of these offenses.
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