France: Justice Minister visits Vendin-le-Vieil prison amid heated protests Nicole Belloubet French Minister of Justice visited the Vendin-le-Vieil prison on Tuesday, where protests have broken out after an inmate assaulted three guards on Thursday. Prison staff gathered in protest outside the high-security prison of Vendin-le-Vieil, burned car tyres and shouted 'Do what you have to do... Еще,' addressing Belloubet. The protesters tried to block the minister from leaving, in an attempt to make sure there demands were heard. «It's been going on for years; no government has listened to us so far. Today she is at our home, and she will stay here a little longer than expected,» said Misiek, a prison supervisor. Baboullet assured the protesters that she would find a solution, and vowed to return in two months, on March 16, to make sure that the government's proposals are implemented: «I am committed to you that these proposals come true.» On Monday, the director of the Vendin-le-Vieil prison handed in his resignation under pressure from the prison staff. President Emmanuel Macron promised a 'global penitentiary plan' by the end of February in order to tackle the overcrowding in prisons and modernise prison facilities.