Monday, November 29

Child victims of the dirty gang war in Marseille, France

  • Hugh Schofield
  • BBC News, Paris

A woman walks in a street in

Image source, Getty Images


“The state is letting us down” is the message on this wall of the urbanization where a child was killed.

Two weeks ago, a 14-year-old named Rayanne was shot and killed by another young man on a motorcycle on the outskirts of the Les Marronniers housing estate where he lived, in the north of Marseille.

Two other guys, one 14 and one 8 years old, were injured in the attack.

Over the following weekend, three other people were killed in Marseille, also in turf wars for drugs. One of them was burned alive in the back of a vehicle.

So far this year, there have been 15 murders by gang members in the second largest city in France. Twelve since the beginning of summer.

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