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Paris Metro drivers not stopping at stations to avoid crack-fuelled violence

Certain Paris Metro drivers say they are not stopping at some stations in the north east of the capital on purpose to protect passengers from increasing violence caused by crack cocaine dealers and addicts.

Paris Metro drivers not stopping at stations to avoid crack-fuelled violence
Crack dealers are increasingly using certain Metro stations as places of business, according to Pars Metro drivers.
 
For the past few months the violence associated with the drug dealing has been ramping up in the north east of the city, the Unsa union which represents the Metro drivers has said.
 
“Between the brawls that occur on the platforms, which sometimes end up happening on the train or across the tracks, you could hit someone, or crush them,” Jean-Marc Judith, trade union representative for the RATP, which runs the Metro and bus network in Paris told RTL.
 
Then there's “all the consequences in terms of the police” and the psychological problems it may cause for drivers, he said. 
 
The “number of attacks on travelers and RATP staff is becoming increasingly dramatic”. 
 
And as a result certain drivers, particularly on Metro lines 12 and 4 have been choosing not to stop at the most affected stations in order to protect both passengers and themselves, they say.
 
Marx Dormoy on line 12 and Marcadet-Poissonniers on lines 12 and 4 in northeastern Paris are among the most problematic stations. 
 
The Unsa union also warned of the risk for the people travelling on the Metro in this area, adding that there will be a discussion about security on January 19th. 
 
An agreement has been signed between the RATP, the local authorities and government ministers tasked with fighting drug addiction issues, in an attempt to find long-term solutions.
 
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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

READ ALSO 6 ways to get around Paris without the Metro

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