A video on social networks suggests that confinement is not respected in Saint-Denis. However, on video, 90% of people do their shopping or wait for the tram.
Posted on Apr 15, 20 at 7:40 p.m.| Modified on Apr 15 20 at 19:43
“The deconfinement at the station of St Denis with a month in advance. ” This is how a video shot is presented on social networks Tuesday April 14 near the train station Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) and relayed on social networks. On the images, dozens of people are present, suggesting a non-compliance with containment measures implemented to fight the coronavirus epidemic.
The deconfinement at the Saint-Denis station with 1 month in advance. Where is the state? Isn’t there a problem somewhere?@ LeParisien_93 @ Actufr93 @afpfr @Le Figaro @lemondefr @CCastaner @ Prefet93 @prefpolice @LaurentRussier @MathieuHanotin @EPhilippePM @ TF1LeJT @franceinfo pic.twitter.com/ICnuV0YuF1
– Houari Guermat (@houari_guermat) April 14, 2020
A shopping street
Except that in reality, the video was taken out of context by its author, Houari Guermat, candidate for the municipal elections. If there are many people on the video, their presence has an explanation. “If we watch the video carefully, 90% of those present wait for the tram or queue for a business“, Indicates the municipality of Saint-Denis.
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The video was shot on rue Auguste Delaune, a city street with many food shops. “The street is a very busy street. The video is not representative of the city “, comments the municipality which also recalls that in Saint-Denis” many people continue to have to go to work “.
7% of those checked verbally
According to the City, confinement is generally well respected in Saint-Denis. This is evidenced by the figures from the checks carried out by the Saint-Denis municipal police between March 22 and Tuesday, April 14. On the 11,506 checks, 883 resulted in reports.
In other words, 7% of those checked have been fined. By way of comparison, Rémy Heitz, the public prosecutor, announced on March 31, 25,000 fines out of 303,000 checks in Paris. Thus 8% of people checked in Paris were in lack of certificate.
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If non-compliance with confinement was first put forward as an explanation for the high mortality rate in Seine-Saint-Denis, it was quickly denied. At a press conference held Thursday, April 9, the prefect of Seine-Saint-Denis explained that confinement was “generally well respected” in the department. According to Stéphane Troussel, president of the department, the excess mortality is above all explained by the presence of a high precariousness on the territory.