the executive leaves a Gérald Darmanin insensitive to criticism on the front line

the executive leaves a Gérald Darmanin insensitive to criticism on the front line

Gérald Darmanin was at the stadium, Sunday May 29… but in Tourcoing (North). At a time when the controversy rumbled over the incidents that marred the final of the Champions League, the day before, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), the Minister of the Interior appeared pictured on his Instagram account in the locker room of the city’s football club of which he was mayor and where he is campaigning for the legislative elections of June 12 and 19. The tenant of Place Beauvau could not escape for long the images of crowds, intrusions of spectators without tickets and supporters sprayed with tear gas which have accompanied the story of the match between Liverpool and Real Madrid since Saturday.

A topic that has been taken up by opposition from all sides – extreme right in the lead – and which resonates in a large part of the world, just over two years before the Paris Olympic Games, on the theme of ” shame “.

“It’s up to Darmanin to assume”

Monday, when he had planned to meet northern voters, Gérald Darmanin was therefore finally at the Ministry of Sports for an interministerial meeting devoted to events, in the company of representatives of UEFA, the French Federation football and the Stade de France. Instead of his chief of staff, who was initially to represent him. Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, new Minister of Sports, will only be left on the track in this very media-friendly affair for a little over thirty-six hours. “It’s up to Darmanin to assume”, we breathe within the majority. And to become the target of criticism with the aplomb he is accustomed to.

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Far from making amends, the Minister of the Interior, now number three in the government, hammered home at the end of this meeting the line of defense adopted in recent days by the authorities, placing the blame on the British supporters, guilty according to him of a “massive, industrial and organized fraud of counterfeit banknotes”. “Thirty thousand to 40,000 English supporters found themselves at the Stade de France, either without tickets or with falsified tickets”assured Mr. Darmanin, which would have caused the congestion observed around the enclosure. “It is only in football, with certain English clubs, that there are these events”, he added. The Bobigny prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into these frauds.

Liverpool supporters show their tickets to enter the Stade de France on May 28, 2022.

At the same time, the entourage of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said they were on their side “extremely disappointed with the way they were treated” Liverpool supporters, sometimes charged by the French police, gassed with tear gas, or held outside the stadium when the match had started. The only ones “regret” by Gérald Darmanin went to spectators with real tickets – numbering 2,700 according to him – who were unable to attend the match. Point de mea culpa, therefore, despite the criticisms expressed on “failure” the coordination between the various organizers, the disproportionate security response, or the lack of anticipation of the strike on line B of the RER, which worsened the congestion at the entrance to the stadium which corresponds to the arrivals of the RER D.

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