William Molinié, edited by Gauthier Delomez / Photo credits: Jeff PACHOUD / AFP 06:19, September 26, 2023

According to information from Europe 1, murders and attempted murders between offenders exploded in the first half of 2023, increasing by nearly 80% compared to 2022. Facts that are on the rise "in very important proportions," says a source with Europe 1.

This is the illustration of the violence that rages on the points of deal in Marseille, Nice or Nîmes: murders and attempts between delinquents explode in the first half of the year. According to information from Europe 1, this type of fact has increased by almost 80% compared to last year. In detail, over the first six months of the year, 187 murders and attempted murders between offenders were recorded by specialized investigators, compared to 106 over the same period in 2022, an increase of 76%.

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Police officers from OCLCO, the Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime, counted 277 victims, 51 of whom died.

Facts "motivated mainly by the mastery of deal points"

These facts increase "in very important proportions", supports a police source, and this throughout the territory: in the Marseille agglomeration, but also in the South-East and West of the France. "In the vast majority of cases, they are motivated by the mastery of deal points," continues this source to Europe 1.

Conversely, the settling of scores between criminals linked to organised crime remains stable. There were 38 in the first half of the year, only three more than the previous year.

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Little hands more victims

This double observation confirms a trend that police officers have been anticipating for several months now. It is indeed the little hands of drug trafficking, the lookouts and the small dealers, who shed their blood on the asphalt, while the traffickers on file with organized crime direct their network further away, safely and sometimes even from abroad.