Delinquency, the primary concern of Ile-de-France residents
In this territory which concentrates so many inequalities, the candidates for the regional elections do not have it easy. Especially when the pollsters question the inhabitants of the Paris region on the questions “Most worrying” in their eyes, delinquency comes far ahead, especially among right-wing and far-right voters. In total, it is cited in 44% of cases, ahead of the Covid-19 epidemic (32%), immigration (29%) and terrorism (28%), according to the survey carried out by Ipsos and Sopra- Steria on April 26 and 27 for France Télévisions and Radio France. Problem: security is not the responsibility of the region, but of the State and the municipalities.
On the left, the candidates remain discreet on the subject. On the right, it is impossible to ignore this major political marker. Valérie Pécresse, the outgoing president (formerly Les Républicains), flatters herself that she has already acted a lot, indirectly. “It’s true, the region has no direct competence in the matter, admits its vice-president for security, former commissioner Frédéric Péchenard. I don’t have any troops, I don’t think I’m a sheriff. But we financially help the State and the mayors who have municipal police. “
The region boasts of having bought cars and bulletproof vests for nearly 250 municipalities, secured 532 high schools, co-financed the construction and renovation of dozens of police stations. In Champigny-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne), “We funded the armored airlock in which the police protected themselves when rioters stormed the premises in October 2020”, emphasizes Frédéric Péchenard. In total, the budget devoted by the region to security is however limited to 34 million euros in 2021, or 0.7% of expenditure.
For the rest, Valérie Pécresse promises new actions. It intends to strengthen the video surveillance of public and private establishments, and to create three new “regional security brigades” to intervene in high schools, so that there is one in each department. The outgoing president also announces the creation, in December 2021, of a joint RATP-SNCF-national police command center, supposed to give transport safety an unprecedented boost.