“A situation that is beyond the control of the public authorities”, considers Annie Genevard


For Annie Genevard, interim president of the Republicans and deputy for Doubs, the death of the young 27-year-old Afghan in Colmar following a dispute is a sign of the savagery of society. “We must not be afraid of words”, she said at the microphone of Lionel Gougelot, Wednesday morning on Europe 1. “We see everywhere the collapse of authority, the increase in violence against those who embody the public authority or quite simply the public service”, she assured, specifying that “refusals to comply are becoming commonplace”.

“All this testifies to a situation which escapes the control of the public authorities and it is extremely worrying”, gave the deputy of Doubs. “We really have to restore public authority, the authority of justice too, because legislating is one thing, but a law has never prevented the facts,” she added. “What prevents the facts is the sentence, the certainty of the sentence. And we can clearly see that our country is unable to curb this violence, despite the declarations of the Minister of the Interior.” She also deplored that “this violence is exercised between the inhabitants themselves”, mentioning “brawls which are settled with a knife or a machete”.

“No taboo to have” on the use of force

Regarding the urban rodeos, which would be the cause of the young man’s death in Colmar, the interim president of the Republicans believes that the government’s response is not adequate. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has asked all police stations in France to carry out at least three anti-rodeo operations a day. But for Annie Genevard, it is necessary “to carry out operations, of course, and the security forces do it, but that will not be enough”, just like “a new law will not change anything”. According to her, we must above all “review our doctrines in terms of police interventions” and “do not hesitate to go into contact”.

“In France, pursuit is not authorized. If you cannot prosecute those who engage in rodeos, if your physical integrity, even your life, is threatened, when you try to intercept, lead, we find that the doctrine here is not adapted to the facts”, she asserted.

And to cite the example of neighboring countries for this kind of offence. “There is no taboo to have, other countries have adopted other provisions which have put (…) a significant brake on this phenomenon, which does not exist only in France. Why not assume the use of legal force, insofar as it is proportionate, when it is necessary?


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