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France / Reclaiming Authority: Executive Funds Educational Boarding Houses for Underprivileged Youth

AA / Nice / Feiza Ben Mohamed

French Prime Minister Gabriel Atal and several members of his government were in Nice on Monday to meet with local authorities, associations and young people as part of his national plan to restore youth empowerment.

On the ground, the head of the government, together with the Minister of Justice, Eric DuPont-Moretti, the Secretary of State for Urban Policy Sabrina Agresti-Ruba and the delegate of the Minister for Children, Youth and Families Sara Ell. Hairi opened the first educational boarding school, which meets disadvantaged youth for two weeks.

“We have 50,000 boarding houses in France and we know that many young people need them. We will promote and encourage more placement of these young people in boarding schools,” he asserts from the Parc Impérial secondary school, where around twenty young people from Nice who have dropped out or are in difficulty will be housed.

As for how to fund these expensive systems, Gabriel Atal explained that he would “rather spend money on boarding schools that prevent young people from running away and engaging in criminal behavior than spending a lot more to fix crime.”

And to continue: “If we think that we should concentrate on intervention in sanctioning, in response to crime, acts of violence, we still miss a big part of the topic: to ensure that these violence and criminal acts do not happen (…). This means we need to invest more in prevention as soon as possible to prevent young people from falling into crime.”

This visit to the heart of the Riviera capital comes after the Prime Minister presented a national plan from Viry-Chatillon last Wednesday, which aims to restore power and fight violence especially among young people, even the very young.

“We need a real explosion of powers.” How can we accept this spiral, this tide, the attitudes of some of our teenagers towards violence? ” he asked before giving up on his plan in several areas, including school, social media, and punishment.

Announcing “eight weeks of collective action”, the head of government said he intended to “empower retired parents” by creating a community service or forcing them to fund the damage caused by their children, including a parent who may have left home.

Gabriel Atal was speaking as France has suffered several tragedies related to youth violence in recent weeks, including the violent attack on Samara, 15, in Montpellier, and the killing of 14-year-old Chemsedin in Viry-Chatillon.

In the Council of Ministers last Wednesday, President Emmanuel Macron asked his head of government to work on the problem to find a solution to the violence that drives young people to juvenile delinquency.

Source: AA

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