Laurent Nuñez, a “more human” man at the head of the Paris police headquarters

William Molinié, edited by Laura Laplaud
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7:30 a.m., July 20, 2022

The Council of Ministers should act this Wednesday the departure of a disputed and weakened prefect after the fiasco of the Stade de France. Laurent Nuñez, former director of the intelligence services and former secretary of state, should therefore succeed Didier Lallement. A change of man, but not necessarily a change of method.

It is one of the most sensitive posts in the Republic. Barring a huge last-minute surprise, Laurent Nuñez should replace the prefect Didier Lallement at the head of the Paris police headquarters. This Secretary of State, alongside Christophe Castaner, was until now the coordinator of the intelligence services. Will this change anything in past doctrine?

A man who is said to be “more human”

The consensual personality of Laurent Nuñez clearly stands out from that, very divisive, of Didier Lallement. “He is more rounded, more human, easier in the balance of power”, explains a policeman who found him a lot. Laurent Nunez is a hard worker who knows the workings of the police by heart, in particular those of the police headquarters where he was chief of staff during the attack in Charlie Hebdo in January 2015.

It is therefore a new era that is opening in this institution marked by three years of turbulence, with in particular the episode of the yellow vests, the accusations of police violence and a latest fiasco, that of the Stade de France during the Liverpool v Real Madrid final.

The tone, the incarnation of the position will undoubtedly be very different, but the bases for tighter policing, put in place by the prefect Didier Lallement, should continue. Probably the most perilous file that Laurent Nuñez will find on his desk on the Ile de la Cité is that of the Olympic Games. He has two years left to prepare this famous opening ceremony in the open air, mobile and on the Seine, which many observers say today impossible to protect in full.


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