Already the scene of clashes in mid-June between Chechen and Maghreb communities, the Grésilles district in Dijon was once again faced with scenes of violence Wednesday, October 21, in the evening, according to police sources.
Arson and mortar fire
The police intervened around 10:30 p.m. in the neighborhood, following an arson of two vehicles, while a third burned by propagation. The security forces were the target of mortar fire but there was no direct confrontation as the small group of troublemakers fled. No injuries were to be deplored and calm returned quickly, according to the police.
Les Grésilles had been shaken in mid-June by urban violence whose images had looped well beyond Dijon. They had followed retaliatory operations by members of the Chechen community against the Maghreb community, whom they accused of having attacked one of them.
Visiting soon after in Dijon, Prime Minister Jean Castex, accompanied by the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, had assured that he did not “Would never tolerate this kind of ultra-violent behavior”, saying he wanted to deliver “a message of great firmness”.