Bars, fast-food outlets and corner shops in two crime-ridden Paris suburbs are under curfew, forced to close at 8pm after a summer surge in violent crime and drug-dealing.
“It’s a radical step but the situation at night had become unbearable,” said Stéphane Peu, a deputy mayor of Saint-Denis, a mainly immigrant area north of Paris that is notorious for muggings and has been nicknamed the “crack supermarket”.
“Hundreds of people were gathering and drinking in the streets and drugs were being sold, especially crack cocaine,” Mr Peu said. The area’s housing estates are plagued by gangs of teenagers who roam the streets at night and terrorise local families.
The curfew, on all businesses except sit-down restaurants and bakeries, has been imposed for three months in Saint-Denis and the southern suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges.
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