The CRS 8 will return to Nantes. Specializing in urban violence, the special police unit will be deployed to "harass deal points", announced the prefect of Loire-Atlantique after a series of shootings in recent weeks in connection with drug trafficking, announced Tuesday the prefect of Loire-Atlantique Fabrice Rigoulet-Roze. Drones will also be deployed to try to restore calm in a city marked by several shootings in recent weeks. The CRS 8 should arrive this Tuesday evening in Nantes.

Forty to fifty police officers will be present "to carry out punch operations against the deal points," said the prefect the outcome of a crisis meeting with the security services, police, elected officials and the public prosecutor. The drones will be used to give an overview of these operations.

Several shootings in recent weeks

On the night of May 27 to 28, a 27-year-old man was wounded in the stomach after fifteen shots in the priority district of Bellevue, between Nantes and Saint-Herblain. The following night, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the legs in the same neighbourhood. The series of shootings began on May 17 near a streetcar station in Bellevue, where a 23-year-old man was shot and killed, just hours after police were reported to shooting, who found no victims but "numerous traces of blood."

These different episodes "are not necessarily linked to each other," noted the public prosecutor, Renaud Gaudeul, but they seem to target both organizers of deal points and resellers. For Pascal Bolo, deputy mayor of Nantes in charge of security, "we are facing a national problem of industrialization of drug trafficking" that concerns other French cities.

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