Asked Thursday on the serious wounds of which "yellow vests" were victims without having themselves shown violent beforehand, the Minister of the Interior responded to side.
Eleven months after the beginning of the movement of "yellow vests", the subject of police violence remains particularly sensitive for the government. Guest of the show "You have the word", on France 2, Thursday evening, the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner defended his action and that of the police against the critics. But he was very confused when he was questioned about the situation of the demonstrators who were injured by the police when they did not represent a particular threat.
What he said
The France 2 broadcast included the theme of police violence committed during the mobilization of "yellow vests". And Christophe Castaner was invited to comment on the comments, on France Inter, by freelance journalist David Dufresne, who documented the wounds of protesters throughout the movement, and has just published a novel, Last summons (Grasset), inspired by this experience. Mr. Dufresne said during an interview on France Inter, October 3:
" Twenty-four people lost an eye, five a hand, for demonstrating. None of them are pursued for any degradation. That's what we're talking about. "
Christophe Castaner then interrupts the viewing of the sequence, as the format of the show allows it. On the set of the show, the journalist of France 2 calls and reads the words of David Dufresne. The Minister of the Interior cuts it:
"That's why I buzzed because it's just wrong. Today, all of these reports have been investigated by IGPN or IGGN. A number of these investigations are judicialized. And then there is the time of justice. It's not up to this journalist or me or you to say right and justice. "
WHY IT'S CONFUS
Christophe Castaner is not wrong on one point: many investigations (over three hundred) in connection with the demonstrations of "yellow vests" were opened by the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) and the General Inspectorate the National Gendarmerie (IGGN). Some have been discontinued, but most are still in the classroom.
The entourage of Christophe Castaner recognizes a "confusion"
On the other hand, his response challenges because the Minister of the Interior does not really respond to the intervention of David Dufresne on France Inter. The independent journalist insisted on a very particular reality: a number of wounded demonstrators (including seriously) during the demonstrations of the "yellow vests" were not, moreover, worried for violence or degradation which would have constituted a threat to public order. A survey of World shows, for example, how a protester, Olivier Beziade, was seriously injured in the head on 12 January in Bordeaux by a shot from LBD (defensive ball pitcher) who hit him in the lead while taking the lead. leak.
In this, David Dufresne did not say anything wrong, and the response of Christophe Castaner was out of step with the remarks on which he had to react. Contacted by The world, the Minister's entourage recognizes that there has been " a confusion " involuntarily on the part of the latter during this sequence, while stating that "Even the journalists did not pick it up".
At the Ministry of the Interior, we do not dispute the existence of serious injuries that were not themselves violent, without delivering figures (those advanced by David Dufresne are the result of his own count). But we insist on the fact that" in general "police respond to previous violence by protesters. Possible breaches of the rule "Are the subject of judicial proceedings", the ministry says.