A wave of rape in Paris and other major French cities

Police in Nantes arrested three Sudanese men after raping a 40-year-old woman who asked for money and a telephone. One of the perpetrators attacked the policeman with a stone during his arrest; the officers used a stun gun. The victim is hospitalized in a state of shock.

“In Nantes, women are not safe! (…) nothing is being done for the safety of a city that wants to be anti-sexist,” says city councilor Pauline Weiss, quoted by Le Figaro. She points out that traders and restaurateurs complain about the security situation in the city, and women are afraid to go out in the evening.

In recent weeks, Paris has also experienced several violent rapes in public space. In early August, a 27-year-old tourist from the US was raped in a public toilet on the banks of the Seine. A few days later, a 25-year-old woman was raped in a dead end near the Reuilly-Diderot tube station in the 12th arrondissement. Recently, in September, another young woman was beaten and raped in her car in the 13th arrondissement.

The perpetrators of these rapes were immigrants. “The topic of immigration is taboo. You should ask for statistics on the origin of the perpetrators,” the policeman suggests to journalists, pointing out that statistics on rapes committed by foreigners are not made available.

Republican politician Rachida Dati said in an interview with the newspaper “JDD” that there is an “explosion” of rape in Paris.

According to data from the Paris police reported to the daily “Le Figaro”, 110 rapes were committed on the streets of the capital in 2021 (including 89 on adults and 21 on minors), that is about nine a month. In the first eight months of 2022, 66 rapes were recorded (59 for adults and seven for minors).

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According to a survey conducted by internal security services and published in 2016, 73 percent street rape in Paris takes place at night. “Many attacks occur in the evening or at night in bustling neighborhoods and places,” confirms Matthieu Valet, spokesman for the Independent Union of Police Commissioners (SICP).

According to the ministerial statistical service for internal security (SSMI), in 2021, 61 percent. accused of sexual violence in public transport in the Ile-de-France region of Paris were of foreign nationality (including 23% from North Africa, 17% from the rest of Africa, and 15% from Asia).

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