Senators demand “a rapid response from the State”

The senators continue their marathon in the search for responsibilities after the incidents that occurred on Saturday May 28 at the Stade de France (Seine-Saint-Denis) on the sidelines of the Champions League soccer final between Real Madrid and Liverpool FC.

After the hearing, on Thursday morning June 16, of Michel Cadot -the interministerial delegate for major sporting events and the Olympic Games (OG)-, a delegation of elected officials headed by the president of the culture commission Laurent Lafon (centrist, Val-de-Marne) and the legal commission François-Noël Buffet (Les Républicains, Rhône) went to the security headquarters of the Stade de France and then to the esplanade of the Saint-Denis site where they had erupted scenes of chaos. on May 28.

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At the end of their visit, the senators delivered “first lessons” drawn from over two weeks of auditions – in particular those of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmaninof the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, on 1Ahem June, and the prefect of police, Didier Lallement, on June 9.

“The dysfunctions are numerous, the events of May 28 are of a rare gravity whose consequences could have been dramatic”, lafon lafon lambasted in the preamble, describing, on behalf of the organizers, “lack of upstream preparation, lack of response capacity during the event” Y “questionable handling afterwards”.

Lack of reaction from the police.

The senators say they based their work on the report presented on Friday June 10 to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne by Michel Cadot, instructed by Amélie Oudéa-Castéra to shed light on the May 28 incidents within ten days. “Some dysfunctions were noted by Mr. Cadot, others not at all. »

In the document, the interministerial delegate for major sporting events and the Olympic Games established, without determining who is guilty, the list of responsibilities of each of the organizers – French Football Federation (FFF), Paris Police Prefecture, RATP and SNCF- in the malfunctions observed.

Three of them caught the attention of the elected representatives of the Haute Assemblée: the misdirection of the flow of supporters, the mismanagement of crime around the Stade de France and the Non-conservation of the video surveillance images of the sports venue.

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The senators especially criticized the withdrawal, by the Prefect of Police, of the signs that indicated, at the exit of RER D, an emergency route to RER B, more suitable for reaching the stadium. Why hasn’t it been reinstalled? Didier Lallement did not explain this during his audience at the Luxembourg Palace; the device would not have been tested in the Coupe de France final three weeks earlier.

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