Urban rodeos: Darmanin announces an intensification of controls throughout France

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Urban rodeos: Darmanin announces an intensification of controls throughout France

From this Monday, 10,000 control operations will be carried out on the national territory for the month of August to fight against the phenomenon of urban rodeos, while two children have were injured on Friday in Pontoise after being run over by a motorcycle.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced on Monday an intensification of controls throughout France against people carrying out urban rodeos , acts “criminal who very seriously injure children” as in Val-d’Oise this weekend.

Intensification of checks

A 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were seriously injured while playing “tag” on the esplanade of their neighborhood after being run over on Friday evening by a motorcycle during a rodeo urban in Pontoise (Val-d’Oise).

“I want to say that the government has an extremely firm hand against not these urban rodeos that are presented as a positive word , as if it were a spectacle, but against these often criminal acts which come to kill, which very seriously injure women, children, we saw it again very recently in the Val d’Oise”, underlined the Minister during a visit to Marseille.

“I asked the police and the national gendarmerie for this month of August the intensification of these controls and I hope that there will be 10,000 control operations from today on all the national territory to fight against these criminal acts of people who take the road for their route”, has he added.

Up to five years in prison

On June 8, a 19-year-old young man died after being hit by a motorcycle during an urban rodeo in Rennes. The Minister defended his policy of firmness by recalling “that for two months there have been 8000 operations by the police and the gendarmerie” in France.

They ended, according to him , by 1,200 arrests, “unheard of” and 700 seizures of motorcycles, quads or cars.

A 2018 law has strengthened the fight against these motorized “rodeos” and provides for penalties of up to up to five years in prison for their perpetrators. Noting that “Parliament wishes to strengthen the legislative arsenal and be able to better condemn” the perpetrators, the minister stressed that he was “in favor of the aggravation of criminal means”.

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