The Minister of the Interior is traveling this Sunday, February 11, to the island, blocked for three weeks, to prepare a new offensive against delinquency and illegal immigration.
“We are going to mark the end of land rights in Mayotte.” Barely off the plane, on the tarmac of the archipelago airport, Gérald Darmanin announced a first measure: the end of the registration of land rights in Mayotte, “in a constitutional revision that the president will choose of the Republic”.
The minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, arrived this Sunday morning in Mayotte, with the new Minister of Overseas Territories, Marie Guévenoux, to prepare a new offensive against delinquency and illegal immigration.
Already touched by an acute water crisisthe French department in the Indian Ocean has been paralyzed since January 22 by roadblocks installed by “citizen collectives”, which are demanding measures against insecurity and uncontrolled immigration.
“It will no longer be possible to become French if you are not yourself the child of French parents, we will reduce the attractiveness of the archipelago,” declared the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin
“The end of land law is a radical measure limited to Mayotte,” the minister also specified.
Fewer family reunifications
But Mayotte is not only the migration issue, recognized Gérald Darmanin: “there are also many social and environmental issues”.
“We are going to divide the number of family reunifications in Mayotte by five,” said the Minister of the Interior.
“Mayotte is France. What is happening here concerns the entire Republic,” declared Marie Guévenoux, for her part, conceding that the dams were “paralyzing the island.”
“The island is experiencing very serious difficulties, the economy is slowing down, to say the least, the health situation is worrying, children are no longer going to school,” she continued.
For the brand new Overseas Minister, it is about immigration issues, but also “social convergence, infrastructure”. A bill for the archipelago will be presented before the summer, she said.
“Massive arrests” in the coming days
Concerning delinquency, the tenant of Beauvau affirmed that he wanted to “restore public peace in Mayotte”, announcing “systematic” and “massive” arrests against delinquency in the coming days in the archipelago. Because the situation on the island, according to Gérald Darmanin, can be described as “insurrectional”.
“We will restore public peace on the island,” added the minister.
Gérald Darmanin also announced that he wanted to “put an end to the Cavani camp”, where refugees from Africa of the Great Lakes have settled. A measure demanded by citizen groups. “Forced departures” will be organized to “new administrative detention center”, said the minister.
The movement also wants the end of “exceptional legislative measures” which, according to the demonstrators, establish the inequality of Mayotte with the rest of France. They aim in particular “territorialized stay”which prevents holders of a Mayotte residence permit from traveling to mainland France.
A maritime ‘iron curtain’
But even before arriving in Mayotte, the Minister of the Interior had clarified the outlines of his visit, affirming that he wanted to fight against illegal immigration networks “which have their complicity in Mahorese society… including in good Mahorese society “, he insisted, in a video published on social networks. Among the strong measures, Gérald Darmanin announced the establishment of an “iron curtain”, requested by the President of the Republic.
This system should prevent “the passage of kwassas, boats and illegal immigration networks coming from Africa’s Great Lakes”, also citing “new means of interception” and “new radars”.
The Beauvau tenant also said he was “against autonomy”.
“Mayotte is a French department, we cannot accept the whims of those who say that we need a particular community, that we even need autonomy. I am against autonomy,” he said.