Stéphane Burgatt (correspondent in Marseille), edited by Gauthier Delomez 6:29 p.m., August 17, 2022

A few days after an urban rodeo in the Paris region, a new act of this type took place in Marseille on Tuesday evening, with the tragic outcome of the death of a young 19-year-old motorcyclist.

The police prefecture draws up a first assessment of the controls which have been reinforced since an announcement by Gérald Darmanin.

A new case of urban rodeo with a dramatic outcome, a week after that of Pontoise.

A 19-year-old killed himself on Tuesday evening in Marseille on his "large displacement" motorcycle, said the city's police headquarters.

"It's a tragedy for everyone. So the idea is to avoid additional tragedies. These practices have no place on the public highway", reacted Frédérique Camilléri, who gave an initial assessment of the strengthening of anti-rodeo operations announced by Gérald Darmanin.

"Quite significant" results, according to the prefect of police

“These first checks which have been implemented in a reinforced way in recent days are already producing quite significant results”, she estimated at the microphone of Europe 1. “We have several thousand people who have been checked since the at the beginning of August, with 55 arrests, nine motorcycles seized, people were taken into custody after being caught in the act of rodeo," added the police chief.


- Urban rodeo in Pontoise: a phenomenon that increasingly worries the authorities

The city of Marseille is not spared by this phenomenon.

Since 2020, the northern division of public safety has been developing techniques to track and intercept the perpetrators of these urban rodeos.

In total, more than 150 motocross bikes have been seized in the space of two years.

This expertise should benefit all the other police stations in the city.