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The interior minister was held accountable Tuesday to the elected representatives of the commission of the laws who questioned him for two long hours.

By Juliette Bénézit Posted today at 05:46, updated at 14:13

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Christophe Castaner, at the ceremony in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack of the Prefecture of Police, in Paris, October 8.
Christophe Castaner, at the ceremony in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack of the Prefecture of Police, in Paris, October 8. JEAN-CLAUDE COUTAUSSE FOR "THE WORLD"

Tuesday, October 8, the day of the Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, ended as it had begun: a hearing before parliamentarians. Since the attack on the Intelligence Directorate of the Paris Police Prefecture (DRPP) on Thursday (October 3rd), in which four police officers have lost their lives, the "first cop in France" has to respond as much to the deficiencies of the State than words he uttered in the wake of the attack. He exonerated the attacker, Mickaël Harpon, computer scientist in the DRPP, from all "Behavioral difficulties".

First heard on Tuesday morning, in camera, by the parliamentary delegation to the intelligence (DPR), the Minister of the Interior then faced the vehement interrogations of the deputies during the questioning session in the government. Then, he was finally questioned, at the end of the afternoon, with his secretary of state, Laurent Nunez, by the commission of the laws of the National Assembly.

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For more than two hours, opposition politicians, some of whom have been demanding for several days the resignation of Mr. Castaner, have not failed to heckle him. The deputy (The Republicans, LR) Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti rang the charge, summoning the minister to explain: "Your hasty remarks have undermined the credibility of your function. They altered the word of the Minister of the Interior. They pose the problem of trust with the French. Why did you talk so fast? "

Forty radicalized agents

On several occasions, Christophe Castaner said "Assume" his words hot, while justifying himself: "I told the truth about the elements that were known at the time when I was speaking (…). The important thing for me is to understand how the author of the attack passed through the cracks. "

How could a computer scientist, whose many elements attest to radicalization, be able to be secretive-defense and thus have access to documents related to national security? How could he even work for the intelligence services? These questions were, in essence, put by several Members.



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