The mayor of the PS Paris, Anne Hidalgo, on Wednesday abandoned the installation of a reception center for crack users near a school in the 20th arrondissement, and is delighted with the “state support” to develop “therapeutic care units” .
“After in-depth discussions with state services, a joint decision was made not to establish (a therapeutic unit) at the rue Pelleport site,” the city council said in a press release.
A few hours earlier, Prime Minister Jean Castex had given the green light to “the creation of new places dedicated to the reception and rest” of crack users in the capital. But he had underlined the “obvious difficulty” that, according to him, posed one of these four sites planned by the city council, adjacent to a school in the XX district and against which the residents mobilized.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal was even clearer when he judged “impossible to install one of these rooms in the vicinity of a school as proposed by the mayor of Paris.”
“The state services instructed the Pelleport site with our services, the mayor had not rendered a definitive arbitration, he was on a list of proposals,” reacted the first deputy of Anne Hidalgo, Emmanuel Grégoire (PS), contacted by AFP.
“The government has not twisted our arms,” he said, acknowledging the “questions” and “concerns” raised by the project.
Last Thursday, a member of Anne Hidalgo’s entourage told AFP that he would not resign from the project.
In early September, the discovery of the planned site had sparked a protest from Pelleport Street residents, who demonstrated two Saturdays in a row.
If this site is abandoned, “the 20th arrondissement city council and the Paris City Council have decided to look for other sites for the attention of consumers”, specifies the City Council, which welcomes “good news: the global approach advocated by the City Council , which will pragmatically integrate supervised consumption as a tool to support retirement, is finally the object of a political consensus ”, estimates the municipality.