Police control vehicles during the containment period (illustration). - Quentin TOP / SIPA

In Seine-Saint-Denis, confinement is "generally well respected", insisted Wednesday the prefect of the department, Georges-François Leclerc, stressing that the number of verbalizations was in "decline". "Some had echoed a risk that in this department which is young and popular, there may be more difficulty in respecting confinement," said the prefect. But, "in Seine-Saint-Denis as elsewhere, no more and no less than elsewhere, the rules of confinement are generally respected," he said during a press point.

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"I don't want anyone to stigmatize this department which, overall, has taken the epidemic seriously," he added, welcoming the residents' "spirit of responsibility". Since the start of confinement, "17,000 people and individual vehicles have been fined," said the prefect. A number "falling every day". From 4,000 verbalizations per day at the very start of confinement, the prefecture estimates that it has increased to 1,000, then 500 verbalizations currently. However, the "number of checkpoints has not decreased," continued the prefect, seeing this as a sign of "better respected confinement", after a period of "adaptation".

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In France, some 5.8 million checks have been carried out and 359,000 minutes drawn up since the start of the confinement, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Wednesday. Since the entry into force of these measures on March 17, political leaders have denounced their non-compliance in certain "neighborhoods". Thus, Marine Le Pen (RN), in particular castigated on March 23 "a certain number of districts, where clearly [...] a part of the population says" we containment rules we don't care "".

Asked about this subject on March 20, government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said she did not find "less respect in some places than in others". "I don't want anyone to start saying that, because they are suburbs, with populations of such or such origins, people do not respect the rules," she said.


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