the essential Since 2018, Commander Lionel Fossier is still a police officer but in Agen. He started and ended his career in Marseille. His gaze on the Phocaean city sticks like a tracing paper to the film Bac Nord.
In less than a month in the country, the film by Marseillais Cédric Jimenez had recorded 1 204 557 entries in 10 September. In the flood of spectators who propelled this plunge into the northern districts of Marseille at the top of the box office, Lionel Fossier has a particular look. Since 2018, he has been a delegate for police-population cohesion within the public security department in Agen. Nîmes of origin, he arrived in the Phocaean city in 1990.
He did not leave it, becoming the boss of 80 police officers of the BAC Sud (anti-crime brigade) for five years before taking the reins of the security company between 2009 and 2018, year of his departure. In this function, he piloted the intervention units often called in the northern districts of Marseille against urban violence.
“It’s a vast territory of play” he smiles with the memory of the rate of adrenaline which skyrocketed every day. “The assaults were frequent there, it was always tense. The colleagues are in a dangerous zone and the film reflects this tension well. Its strength is that it was shot in the northern districts except for an intervention scene.”
“Attitudes of cops”
The film? “I was afraid to see an insipid film. Jimenez is very well documented. He relied on a police referent that I know well. When I see Gilles Lellouche, I see another colleague. The attitudes, the postures in the interventions are really cop attitudes. We really see the work of cops, it’s really the first film I see with street cops. A lot of street police can identify themselves. Bac Nord is very close to reality The daily life of a BAC chief is to know how many cars he has, and if they are all running. “
Lionel Fossier remembers an intervention in the Bassens city with his security company, or these buildings with accesses blocked by hypermarket carts. “Every day we dismantled and every day they came back.” In Marseille as elsewhere, “working in the estates is not just sending policemen at war. In Marseille, we discovered clandestine mosques in closed social centers. “
A first downside, however. In Bac Nord, the director uses in the background the legal troubles of three police officers . In 2012, they were 18 to be the target of an investigation by the Inspectorate General of the national police, the IGPN. “On this point, the film should be taken with a grain of salt. The real deal is not the same as in the film. “
Lionel Fossier was in charge of the security company.” We knew that there was an investigation by the oxen. -carots as we say at home. It didn’t relax anybody. I had several to deal with, and we continued to work. “The other review is on the” stups plan. A BAC never goes up alone. “
” Pure politics “
Almost ten years later, Lionel Fossier has not given up. “This affair was pure politics, it did not justify such a media impact even if anomalies were observed within the North Bac. “He does not go further, since the legal proceedings are not over.
” Marseille has always been Marseille. The organized crime has left the public highway to enter white collar delinquency. “He said, as if to echo the President of the Republic’s trip at the beginning of September.” What is proposed remains interesting even if no one has it. miracle solution. Only painstaking work can contain delinquency. “