Faced with the outcry provoked by article 24 of the proposed law on “global security” which supervises the dissemination of images of police officers, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, announced on Thursday the creation of a “Independent commission responsible for proposing a new writing” of the article, after a meeting with representatives of press publishers ‘unions and journalists’ collectives.
The contentious article, voted on at first reading by the National Assembly and which must be submitted to the Senate, provides for penalizing the malicious dissemination of the image of the police and gendarmes. It is all the more criticized by the oppositions that a succession of cases of alleged police violence have raised emotion in the country in recent days.
Friday, November 27, the President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, met with the Prime Minister to inform him of his “Great emotion”, shared by the deputies, and tell him his opposition to the initiative of entrusting a body outside Parliament with the task of rewriting a text of a bill resulting from parliamentary work. This “Would constitute an attack on the missions of Parliament, which alone writes and votes the law”, he judges. And to insist:
“The government can consult expert committees at will. However, we have agreed that these can in no way replace parliamentary work. “
A short-circuit, according to deputies
The deputies of the Republic on the move (LRM), who reluctantly voted for this article or tried in vain to amend it, indeed consider the appointment of this commission as a short-circuit. The initiative provoked “Astonishment” by Christophe Castaner, boss of the LRM group in the Assembly, anxious to defend the parliamentary work, and beyond many deputies, including oppositions.
The Vice-President (LRM) of the National Assembly, Hugues Renson, for his part considered that “Sometimes, to give up is wiser than to persist” : “The Theodule committees to save devices, it does not work. “ The President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher (Les Républicains), also asked Jean Castex on Friday to “renounce” a commission.
For his part, the Minister of Relations in Parliament, Marc Fesneau, tried to reassure Friday on LCI: “We can create committees to try to enlighten the government, but the last word goes to parliamentarians, senators and deputies, who make the law, and often do a remarkable job”, he assured. “The question is not to find a way out” to the controversy generated by article 24, it is about “Guarantee freedom of expression”, he assured. Mr. Fesneau nevertheless noticed that “Article 24 does not [lui] does not appear, as written (…), such as to prevent the dissemination of images such as “ the evacuation of a migrant camp on Monday and the beating of music producer Michel Zecler.
Matignon said in a statement that the government’s intention ” n / A[vait] never been and never [serait] never to undermine freedom of expression and the principles of the 1881 law ”. The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday that he would refer the text to the Constitutional Council for “To ensure” of its conformity with the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.