According to a press release from the Elysee Palace, the President of the Republic was “very shocked” by the video of the arrest of a music producer in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. He calls for sanctions against the police officers involved.
Emmanuel Macron said he was “very shocked” in reaction to the video showing police hitting a music producer in Paris, the Elysee reported on November 27. This is the first official reaction of the Head of State on this affair which has sparked a controversy, including among his majority.
Macron calls for sanctions
The President of the Republic had received his Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin the day before and asked him to pronounce very clear sanctions against the police, as AFP also reports. A meeting after which the minister announced on France 2 that he was asking for the dismissal of the police officers involved, in the midst of the controversy over the right to film the police in operation.
At the Elysee Palace, the director of cabinet of the President of the Republic, Patrick Strzoda, also received on November 26 the defender of Rights Claire Hédon, according to a close to the executive, who underlines that the head of state wishes appeasement.
So far, Emmanuel Macron has not spoken, neither on the images of police officers who brutally evacuated migrants from Place de la République in Paris, nor on article 24 of the Comprehensive Security Act, with which the government intends to sanction dissemination with malicious intent of images of police officers in operation.
Several of his relatives, on the other hand, were publicly indignant at the beating of the producer, including his political advisor Stéphane Séjourné, the president of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand or the president of the LREM deputies, Christophe Castaner, three members of his inner circle. .
Richard Ferrand warned against a “use [de la force qui] undermines the essential bond of trust between citizens and those who protect us and must be sanctioned without weakness ”.
“It is time for the police prefect to ensure that those who enforce the law respect it themselves,” commented MEP Stéphane Séjourné.