France Sees Surge of Rape, Murder, and Violence in 2019

New statistics from the French Interior Ministry have revealed a significant increase in violent crimes with a 12 per cent rise in sexual violence and an 8.5 per cent rise in murders.

The statistics, which were collected by the Interior Ministry’s statistics service SSMI, show that sexual violence increased by 12 per cent last year. In 2018, the increase had been even greater at 19 per cent, French newspaper Le Figaro reports.

“All French regions have experienced increases in the number of rapes, assaults, and sexual harassment recorded by the security forces in 2019, notably Corsica, Centre-Val-de-Loire, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, and Nouvelle-Aquitaine,” the SSMI stated.

“The number of homicides increased significantly in 2019 (970 victims) while it had been stable the last two years,” they added, which amounts to an 8.5 per cent increase from 2018.
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Certain neighbourhoods and areas in France have become particularly vulnerable to crime such as the heavily migrant-populated 18th arrondissement of Paris, where residents expressed feelings of abandonment by the government last June.