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Beauvau of security: the police await decisions, and not “not promises” from Macron – France


For his announcements, this Tuesday, Emmanuel Macron chose Roubaix, in Hauts-de-France, the stronghold of Xavier Bertrand, declared presidential candidate and leading in the polls on the right side LR.

In a context of strong social tensions, the election period promises to be favorable for police representatives, with a unionization rate of 80% to 90%, unprecedented in the public service. “The more a government needs to be strong, the more the police community will take advantage of this situation to demand progress on a particular issue,” said police historian Jean-Marc Berlière in February.

An “independent control” of the action of the police

Before this presidential trip, the Élysée has already made an announcement: in response to recurring criticisms aimed at theIGPN (“The police force”), Emmanuel Macron would like an “independent control” of the action of the police.

After the Michel Zecler affair

This Beauvau of security was started to appease the anger of officials against the head of state. In the midst of controversy after the affair Michel zecler, this music producer beaten up in November 2020 in Paris, Emmanuel Macron had recognized the existence of facial checks and violence from the police. He also announced the establishment of a platform for reporting discrimination.

“Eight sites”

This Monday, Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, convened the last round table of this vast consultation, whose objective stated by the Executive was to “improve the conditions of the exercise of the police” and to “consolidate the link with the French”, weakened over the often violent demonstrations in recent years.

In total, “eight sites” were opened, from the penal response to supervision, through training, control, maintenance of order, the police / population link, video recording and resources, last topic discussed this Monday.

The unions are now waiting for “a real plan” for the police with a “large envelope”, warned Fabien Vanhemelryck on behalf of the Alliance union.

A text suspended for the re-election of Macron

The Executive, for his part, promised to take back the conclusions of Beauvau for the development of a law of programming and orientation of internal security (LOPSI). But, as Gerald Darmanin said, this text can only be voted after the presidential and legislative elections and therefore remains suspended from a re-election of Emmanuel Macron. It should therefore first constitute the framework of the security component of the presidential program of the Head of State campaigning for his re-election.

It takes decision, it has to be clear and neat

Thierry Clair, of Unsa, wants to believe that, from this Tuesday, “the word of the State will be strong”. David Le Bars, of the union commissioners, hopes, for his part, “a concrete commitment”. “After three years of work, between the White Paper and Beauvau, a decision is needed (…), it must be clear and clean,” he continues, pleading for the signing of “protocols”.

Among the expectations, David Le Bars cites statutory measures, a simplification of the criminal procedure, structural reforms of organization and decentralization of the police.

“Reality is remembered in its good memory”

Grégory Joron (SGP Police FO Unit) wants “tangible measures on January 1” relating, in particular, to “careers” and “the staffing rate”. He insisted on the need to review the procedures for purchasing equipment, in order to put an end to “the current financial mismanagement”. He cites as an example the ordering of new outfits for bikers that were “not waterproof”.

Patrice Ribeiro (Synergie-Officiers) believes for his part that “the regal is the blind spot of Macronie” and that “reality has been remembered to his good memory”. He calls for a “managerial revolution”, measures on careers, all “formalized, for him too, in protocols”.

To make up for the delay accused by the police in terms of resources, the government allocated one billion euros from its plan to revive the economy affected by the health crisis to the purchase of equipment (vehicle fleet, pedestrian cameras, renovation of police stations …).

The officials also obtained free for their rail travel. “But we were starting from a long way off,” the unions underline in chorus.