Day D for the Senate report after the chaos

The Senate must report on Wednesday on the causes and solutions that can be provided after the incidents that took place at the Stade de France during the Champions League final.

Determine the responsibilities of the security fiasco of the Champions League final at the Stade de France and propose remedies to avoid this chaos during the 2024 Olympics: the Senate rules this Wednesday its ruling that erased the image of France all over the world.

It was supposed to be a showcase just over a year from the Rugby World Cup and before the Summer Olympics two years from now, but the May 28 match between Real Madrid and Liverpool became in a nightmare for law enforcement and government.

Spectators without tickets going up the doors of the stadium, others with tickets but unable to enter, families sprayed with tear gas by the police or robberies and attacks committed by opportunistic criminals: the organization of the meeting was a “fiasco”, they have already denounced the senators, who will present at noon their informative report on the management of these incidents.

You need to learn all the lessons for organizing upcoming international sporting eventsHe warned of the elected officials, headed by the presidents of the Law Commission, François-Noël Buffet (LR), and the Culture Commission, Laurent Lafon (centrist).

The different hearings highlighted the contradictions between the different people interviewed“LR Senator Michel Savin, chairman of the study group dedicated to major sporting events, who had requested a commission of inquiry, told AFP.

We have also seen dysfunctions in communication, in information“he added, assuring that the work of the Senate has had”it allows you to measure all the points that have malfunctioned and need to be corrected in order to return a much better image“.

Among those heard by senators since June 1: officials from sports bodies, representatives of Liverpool fans and French authorities, including the controversial Paris police chief Didier Lallement, announced the departure, and the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin.

Pedal back by Gerald Darmanin

The latter was the center of criticism for placing most of the responsibility for the incidents on “Between 30,000 and 40,000 English followers“who, he claimed against most on-site observers, had shown up at the stadium”without a ticket or with fake tickets“.

Gérald Darmanin’s explanations were also undermined by UEFA, which only had 2,600 counterfeit tickets on turnstiles.

And if the European football body told the senators that it did not know exactly how many fans without tickets had gone around the Stade de France, “do not think that this was the figure mentioned in France“.

If Darmanin had not lied, there would have been no affair“, estimated François-Noël Buffet (LR) in an interview with Le Progrès earlier this month.

Pressed by criticism, the interior minister ended up acknowledging in late June “a part of responsibility“in the afternoon failures and reiterated his”excuses“supporters”who suffered this mismanagement“.

Beyond the police management of the events, the controversy has also been fueled by the non-preservation of part of the CCTV footage of the Stade de France, described as “serious guilt” by Senator Buffet.

In parallel with the work of the Senate, the interministerial delegate for the Olympic Games and major events, Michel Cadot, noted from June 10, in a first report presented to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, the “failuresof the organization and the police response to the incidents that, according to him, led “serious damage to the image of France“.

Without waiting for the senators’ verdict, Ms Borne has already instructed the interior and sports ministers that “implement without delay»The recommendations of the Cadot report.

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