How France became the new global center for global drug enforcement

France is becoming the global hub for global drugs enforcement, as officials in the country turn a blind eye to drug traffickers who exploit lax rules for their profit, a new report shows.

As the European Union grapples with the fallout from the drug epidemic, the country has emerged as a hub for drug seizures and drug trafficking that has been largely overlooked by European nations.

The country’s record in fighting drugs is staggering: Since 2007, at least 2,100 people have been killed in drug-related violence, and more than 3,000 have been injured.

“France has been on a downward spiral for decades,” said Louisa Goulard, a former president of the European Drug Policy Alliance, a Brussels-based group that advocates on behalf of European drug policy.

“There’s a very serious danger to the stability of the Union.”

A former minister in the Socialist government, Ms. Goulart said that the country had lost the “moral high ground” and needed to make major changes to its approach to drugs, which have long been seen as a way for wealthy countries to get their hands on lucrative foreign investment.

The new report, published Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO), highlights France’s drug-sales tax, a series of restrictions that have made it difficult for some dealers to skirt the rules, which were first introduced in the 1970s.

The report shows that in 2015, the government of President Emmanuel Macron cut the number of drug seizures by nearly 90 percent, as well as the number seized and the amount of drugs seized.

“This was one of the big reforms,” said David J. Zuckerman, director of the Center for Global Drug Policy at George Washington University.

“The French have done it.

The European Union has not.”

Mr. Macron has said he will cut the tax on drug sales by more than 40 percent over the next four years, and he has pledged to close the loopholes that allow drug traffickers to hide their profits.

But he also has pledged reforms that could help stem the country’s addiction problem, which has seen more than 5,000 drug-users die in France each year since 2014.

France has also been a leader in combating corruption, which the report says has helped the country achieve its goal of ending corruption by 2025.

The government also has a reputation for cracking down on the illegal online black market, which experts say is the biggest source of drug trafficking profits in Europe.

But many experts say the government’s crackdown on online markets is limited and can sometimes backfire, as drug traffickers exploit the new rules to raise money.

The drug tax also has had a major impact on the economy, particularly in the cities of Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, which together accounted for nearly 60 percent of all drug seizures in France last year.

In those cities, more than 90 percent of the country is reliant on online black markets, according to the study, which was produced by the University of Lyon and the University College Paris-Sud.

In the past year, police have seized almost $20 billion worth of drugs in those cities.

The city of Marseille has taken in more than $6 billion in drugs, the study said.

France also has some of the most expensive drugs on the planet, according, the report found.

According to the WHO report, cocaine is the world’s second-most trafficked drug, and heroin is the third-most lucrative.

The WHO study estimates that France is estimated to be importing $30 billion worth a year of cocaine, about half of it coming from Latin America.

Mr. Zillerman, who served as French president under Mr. Hollande, said that a major reason for the countrys drug problem was its relative isolation.

In France, Mr. Sarkozy’s government had focused on stopping the spread of HIV, and Mr. Juppe, who was prime minister at the time of the drug seizures, said the country was in the midst of a new drug pandemic.

“We can see now that a lot of things were missed,” he said, referring to the crackdown on the online black-market market. But Mr. Gérald said the problem was bigger.

“In the last few years, we have had a lot more contact with drug dealers and traffickers than we used to, because of the way we have been operating,” he told The Wall St. Journal.

“It’s a real problem.

I’ve been working on it for years.”

The government of Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, who led the Socialist Party and was elected president in January, has also made efforts to combat the drug problem.

He announced in April that a new strategy would focus on combating the “black market” and the “illegal market” by cracking down hard on drug trafficking and drug-trafficking related violence.

But the new strategy, which Mr. Ayrautavic said he has “finally completed,” has not been able to stem the drug trade, and the country faces an