Interior Minister says France is ‘winning the battle’ against drug traffickers
17 Aug 2021

“If we consider the priorities set a year ago . . . reclaiming the streets to prevent this trafficking from undermining our neighbourhoods and villages . . . we have won a battle in this difficult and on-going war,” the interior minister said in an interview published by the right-wing daily newspaper.

In the first six months of the year, 57 tonnes of cannabis were seized, 37 percent more than in the same period in 2020, which was “already a record year”, according to Darmanin, who has made the fight against drugs the priority of his action.

The increase in seizures also concerns cocaine (+91 percent) with almost nine tonnes intercepted, heroin (+60 percent) and ecstasy (+24 percent).

In addition to these seizures of narcotics, the confiscation of criminal assets (houses, cars, bank accounts) amounted to 52 million euros in the first half of the year, an increase of 53 percent compared to 2020.

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