Present at a press conference to deliver the first conclusions of the investigation into the incidents of the Champions League final, the president of the Senate’s law commission, François-Noël Buffet, deplored the strategy of the Paris police prefect, Didier Lallement.
account time. almost three weeks later Incidents at the Stade de France During the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (1-0), a delegation from the Senate traveled to Saint-Denis on Thursday to present their first conclusions on this tense file to the media. Following the scenes of chaos on May 28, the chairmen of the Senate Law and Culture Committees, Laurent Lafon (centrist) and François-Noël Buffet (LR), began a series of hearings beginning June 1, beginning with that of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, and of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. This Thursday morning, she is the interministerial delegate for the Olympic Games and major sporting events, miguel cadotthat was heard
And in the afternoon, Laurent Lafon and François-Noël Buffet gave a press conference, beginning by apologizing to the fans “especially for the English who came, for whom this trip was going to be a festive moment but it wasn’t”. Then they pointed out numerous malfunctions, “of rare seriousness”. “The organization of this event was at the origin of the serious incidents that took place at the Stade de France. First of all, the orientation of the spectators. On May 23, a meeting was held in the prefecture in the presence in particular of the FFF , which had proposed a redesign of the RER D station, to direct the flow of supporters in two streams, towards RER D and RER B. The prefect asked that the most important dysfunction be removed, ”says François-Noël Buffet.
“A choice that cannot be considered a good choice”
Before deploring the strategy of the Paris police prefect, Didier Lallement, who was also heard by the Senate on June 9. “The question arises from the problem of the employment of the police that was present on the site, stressed the Rhône senator. The prefect of police clearly said that his doctrinal choice was first and foremost the management of the volume of supporters, and not the management of public safety and therefore crime on the premises. We know precisely that since the beginning of the afternoon, or even midday, a certain number of people have been involved in criminal acts around the stadium. That continued until the end. They even went to the projection areas to pickpockets of various fans without there being an adequate police reaction adapted to this type of crime.
And François-Noël Buffet to insist: “It is a choice that the prefect of police took but it is certainly a choice that we cannot consider a good choice in view of the 400 or 500 people who have dedicated themselves to this guy. This figure comes from of the statements of the different people interviewed. In terms of security, however, the aspect of crime management has been swept under the rug, while from the beginning of the afternoon we knew that the first acts of attempted entry to the stadium had been compromised.During his hearing, didier lallement He admitted that the police handling of the party was “obviously a failure” and that “the image of the country” had been shaken. While he makes his choices, in particular about the use of tear gas.