Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti assured Tuesday August 24 that he would respond “favorably” requests for additional magistrates in Marseille, bereaved by several settling of scores which pushed elected officials and professionals to demand more resources, in particular for justice. “The Chancellery is very attentive to the situation in Marseille, you can imagine it, like the Ministry of the Interior, which has promised a reinforcement in terms of police officers, but we too are at the rendezvous of that” , declared the Minister of Justice to the press, on the sidelines of a visit devoted to the reform of the criminal justice of minors.
For a year, 62 staff, excluding magistrates, have arrived in the jurisdiction of Marseille, and eleven magistrates have been recruited, the last of which must take up their post on September 1, recalled the minister. “But of course that is never enough, and of course there is no miracle recipe”, continued Eric Dupond-Moretti. “We know, justice needs means, and I am also extremely attentive to what the heads of jurisdiction who are here with me have made go back to the heads of court: they still want additional magistrates and it is favorably that I will respond in the coming days to these requests because they are legitimate and necessary. “
Recalling that in March he had requested an audit from the General Inspectorate of Justice on the situation in Marseille “to try to resolve it as best and as efficiently as possible”, the minister promised that he would do “all” so that the specific needs of Marseille are “satisfied” : “It is a major concern”.
Asked Monday on BFMTV, the socialist mayor of France’s second city, Benoît Payan, estimated that Marseille still lacked police officers, but also called for a “global approach” of the question in one of the poorest cities in France, plagued by problems of poor housing and poor schools: “We must also give resources to justice, to national education”, he had pleaded.