France to strengthen police presence in Mayotte after recent gang violence


NNN: France steps up police presence in Mayotte after recent gang violence

France steps up police presence in Mayotte after recent gang violence


Paris, June 10, 2022 The French Interior Ministry announced on Friday that the government would step up its police presence in the overseas territory of Mayotte following recent gang violence on the island.

According to the ministry, seven police officers were recently injured in Mayotte while trying to deal with gang-related unrest on the island.

On June 5, clashes between rival gangs erupted in Mayotte following the stabbing of a young man.

A statement released on Tuesday read “last night violent clashes erupted between rival gangs in Koungou and Majicavo (Mayotte), bordering on the stabbing of a youth on Sunday June 5.

“Last night, roadblocks were erected on the RN1 in Koropa and Koungou by small groups who also targeted motorists and the police.

“Three roadblocks were lifted thanks to the intervention of the mobile gendarmerie which, despite repeated attacks, continues to operate to maintain order.

“Three gendarmes were slightly injured. One person has been taken into custody at this time.

Interior Ministers Gérald Darmanin and Overseas Ministers Yaël Braun-Pivet declared in a joint press release that “this violence, which is unacceptable in our republic, reinforces the State’s will to fight against all types of crime. , in particular juvenile delinquency and gangs, of which the Mahorais are the first victims”.

Prosecutor Yann Le Bris also said in a statement that “two young men were attacked in Koungou on Sunday evening, a 19-year-old French national of Comorian origin and his 26-year-old friend.

“During the attack, both received blows to the head causing the eldest 3 days of ITT while the younger lost consciousness and died a few hours later.” (



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