via The Associated Press
Sport – The first official investigation report on the events of 28 May at the Stade de France, presented to the Prime Minister this Friday 10 June, ends with a series of “failures” and the police’s response to the “serious” incidents Condemns the image of France has been hurt.
After the Champions League final, critics lined up in France as in the United Kingdom. Gerald Darmanin’s statements angered the British, while in France, concerns were being raised about the country’s ability to organize major events, beyond – recurring – criticisms of the law enforcement doctrine, such as rugby scheduled for 2023. World Cup and Olympics next year.
a national governing body
In his report, the Inter-Ministerial Representative for the Olympic Games and Major Events, Michel Cadot, described “highly publicized sequences of operations to restore order to (…) the major sporting events for which we will soon be responsible.”
The report recommends the establishment of a national governing body for international sporting events of major interest, similar to what already exists for the Paris Olympics.
“Prime Minister Elisabeth Bourne has directed the Minister of the Interior and Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games to take up the recommendations to implement them without delay,” Mattignon said in a press release.
“inaction” on both sides
Regarding the reasons for the failure, a 30-page document goes into preparation, establishing a sequence of events, detailing the “accidents” and distributing the responsibilities of each, without affecting one or the other of the actors. . Referring to “embolism” and “brakes” in the control and security system, the report judges that “organizers and police faced a crisis situation” and points to “performance problems”.
Before the Senate, the Interior Minister acknowledged that “things could have been better settled”. The match took place notably during the strike on the RER B, one of the most direct means of access to the Stade de France. Faced with an influx of spectators at the tight and poorly calibrated pre-filtering point, Didier Lelement, the prefect of the police, decided to lift the pre-filtering, but the decision came too late, according to Matthew Zagrodzki, a researcher specializing in internal security, questioned by AFP.
“Relative” the number of counterfeit notes issued by Darmanin
For the inter-ministerial representative, the trigger remains a “poorly controlled influx of additional public of unprecedented proportions, with or without tickets or counterfeit tickets”. But he called the first version “relative” to the interior minister, who initially mentioned 40,000 English supporters without valid tickets near the stadium. A figure he reaffirmed before the Senate.
On a more positive note, Michel Cadot recalls that 97% of spectators were able to attend the match, while fan areas set up outside the enclosure did not cause any disturbances in public order.
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