Stade de France incidents: the Senate awaits explanations from Gérald Darmanin

A moment of truth. While the controversy over the management of the Champions League final at the Stade de France does not weaken, the senators will audition on Wednesday 1er June, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin and his sports colleague, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.

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The ministers will be heard by the senators who are members of the law commission and the cultural commission in charge of sports. “In the absence of questioning sessions in the government, it was important to be able to question them”, explain to The cross the centrist senator Laurent Lafon, who considers the first elements of explanation insufficient. The senator wishes in particular to question the Minister of the Interior on the coordination of the actors on site that evening and before the event, as well as on the consequences of the RER B strike on the management of flows.

Laurent Lafon recalls that six months ago a France-Azerbaijan match scheduled for Saint-Denis had already been relocated to the Parc des Princes due to a transport strike. The subject is all the more necessary since the RATP trade union organizations launched a new call on Tuesday for a strike on the RER B for Friday June 3, the day of the France-Denmark football match. “Was it possible to organize such an event broadcast around the world even though the transport of supporters was disrupted? », asks the senator from Val-de-Marne.

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This does not mean dodging the minister’s responsibilities, both in the management of the evening and in his reaction after the incidents. “The government’s communication strategy of pointing out, from Saturday evening, British responsibilities was very offensive, observes Laurent Lafon. I am surprised by this choice. On the international level, this affair falls very badly two years from the Olympic Games, especially since it is the same people who will be in power in 2024. Will they assume and draw the consequences of these dysfunctions? »

The Benalla case precedent

Even if Laurent Lafon says he will not ask it himself, the question of the resignation of the Minister of the Interior will probably be raised during the hearing. But beyond that, what will be the follow-up to be given to this session? “There could then be new auditions of other actors”, envisages Laurent Lafon, who is not however moving towards the creation of a commission of inquiry. The chairman of the cultural committee points out that Parliament cannot carry out such an investigation in parallel with legal proceedings. However, the Bobigny prosecutor’s office seized the Paris judicial police to shed light on the case of counterfeit notes put forward by Gérald Darmanin.

In 2018, in the precedent of the Benalla affair, involving the former adviser to the Élysée, the senatorial commission of inquiry chaired by Philippe Bas (LR) did not relate to the facts themselves (violence committed during a demonstration) covered by legal proceedings, but more broadly on the organization of the security services at the Élysée “A commission of inquiry would also come up against the difficulty of not being able to summon the leaders of UEFA, which is an international body”, notes Laurent Lafon.

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“We have to put things straightsupports Philippe Bas, member of the law commission. This is our role, the Senate, in complete independence. This is an essential point of passage to adapt the responses of the public authorities to the evolutions of a society that is unfortunately increasingly violent. The refusal to pose the problems and see reality in the face is never constructive. »


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