the opposition questions the responsibility of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin

Incidents at the Stade de France: the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, target of the opposition

The controversy over the incidents at the Stade de France continues on Wednesday, on the political side, while the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, and the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castera, will be heard at 5 p.m. by the Senate.

The chairman of the Senate law commission, François-Noël Buffet (LR), said Wednesday on Franceinfo to expect from them “a speech of clarity” and “almost a speech of truth”, in particular on the number of counterfeit banknotes. For him, they must explain “on what basis they are based” to come up with these numbers.

For Marine Le Pen, “the facts are very serious and the minister’s lie is very serious”. “In any democracy, faced with such a fiasco (…) he [le ministre de l’intérieur] should on his own consider that he must leave”she said on France 2, before writing on Twitter that he “should resign”.

“Mr. Darmanin is in the Cologne syndrome [qui] is the desire to deny, against all evidence, acts of violence when they are committed by immigrants”then said Le Pen, during a press conference given in Calais at the end of the morning.

According to Gerald Darmanin, “30,000 to 40,000 English supporters ended up at the Stade de France, either without tickets or with falsified tickets”. “A minister who lies is bad news and does not bode well for the coming five-year term”commented LFI MEP Manuel Bompard, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s right-hand man, on Franceinfo.

The boss of the LR senators, Bruno Retailleau, for his part asked on Europe 1 the President of the Republic “to intervene in this debate, because it is too serious”highlighting “the image of France in the world”.

“The government has taken up the subject, the competent ministers. We hold the necessary meetings and the reports have been ordered, there will be clarity. I am not a commentator.replied, Tuesday evening, Emmanuel Macron.

Questioned on BFM-TV, Wednesday, the ex-president François Hollande made the observation of“images, behaviors, facts that are inexcusable”. He greeted “the right approach” of a hearing by the senators which, according to him, aims not to “incriminate” but “prevent it from happening again”.

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