Francois Fillon continues his campaign. Before a visit to Poitiers on Thursday morning, the Republican visited Athis-Mons, a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris. Thrilled by the previous stages, the campaign team wanted to move smoothly.
“The program has been very fluctuating,” confirmed a member of the delegation. But it wasn’t counting on the apparence of around a dozen left-wing protestors. Armed with pots, banners and slogans, they waited for the former prime minister in front of the entrances to the urban surveillance center he was visiting.
The center, located in a former industrial area rehabilitated and lifeless, seemed ideal for a trip marked out on security issues … “Pay off our taxes”, “Fillon, you’re baked, you have too many pans.” could read on the signs held by protestors. “He’s right to hold on. He has the solidity and the ardor to face the contrary winds “, reacted an elected LR who was waiting patiently for the former prime minister.
Speech of firmness
Though outside there was chaos, inside the building, there was only security, a subject that François Fillon has mastered and which has the advantage of federating the right. In mid-January, a neighborhood in the neighboring town of Juvisy-sur-Orge was ransacked by a group of thugs. The former prime minister then spoke with the young mayor of the commune, Robin Reda. There he is now facing him and several councilors of the sector to present elements of his program.
“I want to put 12 billion euros more on the defense, the gendarmerie, the police and the justice to make an effort of modernization,” he explained in front of a wall of screens that centralizes the images of video surveillance of the city. “Municipal police must be a key element of public safety,” the candidate added, proposing to arm them “systematically”. He also proposed that the State finance 50% of the purchase of video surveillance.
At his side, the deputy Éric Ciotti, the president of the Île-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse, and the former head of the national police, Frédéric Péchenard, can only approve. He touched on the recent events of Aulnay-sous-Bois , where four police officers were indicted after the alleged rape of a young man, triggering riots in this suburban town. Referring to “faults” committed by the police officers involved, who “must be punished”, François Fillon seized the opportunity to show his support to the security forces in general, “who have nothing to do with it “.
The former premier, who wants to eliminate 500,000 public servants, said that he will save the police. “It will require additional human resources,” he said, indicating that he will tackle the “bureaucracy” and “static tasks” that occupy the agents. All these elements are intended to reassure a profession sensitive to the arguments of the right but disillusioned and seduced by the National Front. The day before, Marine Le Pen was just visiting the police stations of Juvisy-sur-Orge to unfold his proposals.