Cars burned, vandalized bus shelters: anger is brewing in the city after a police blunder. The population thinks the police have abused their authority and used violence inappropriately. Some take advantage of the confusion to stir up trouble in the streets. Chaos is not far off. The prefect makes the point with the commissioners Herville and Beckriche and prohibits any questioning so as not to cause more riots. The extremely tense situation causes the Calvi to panic, while Jolers keeps a cool head. He intends to take advantage of the situation of Drissa Camara, who is at bay.