France wants to change the law on security

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Paris (dpa) – After massive protests against the controversial security law and police brutality, the government majority in France has succumbed.

The factions in power in the House of Representatives announced Monday after a crisis meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris that they wanted to reformulate a particularly criticized article of the security law. This article aims to limit the publication of recordings of police operations. French President Emmanuel Macron previously urged the exceptionally difficult government to come up with proposals to restore the relationship of trust between the police and the people of the country.

“We are going to propose a complete overhaul of Article 24,” said Christophe Castaner, leader of the presidential party La République en Marche (LREM) to the National Assembly, after the meeting with Macron. According to some information, it had previously welcomed Prime Minister Jean Castex, the Minister of the Interior and Justice and the leaders of the majority parliamentary groups at the Elysee Palace. There was initially no confirmation for this. Former Interior Minister Castaner has now stressed that the lack of understanding of the text by the public and journalists has been noted. You know there are still doubts.

Authorities said more than 100,000 people across the country took to the streets over the weekend – including to protest against the security law. According to the government, the bill should better protect the police. Critics, however, see press freedom at risk. Videos of aggressive police operations on the net fueled the debate. Security camera footage of a brutal crackdown on a music producer and aggressive evacuation of a refugee camp sparked outrage.

The National Assembly even approved the security law last week. It is now the turn of the Senate, of the Senate, to vote on the text. The controversial article 24 of the law provides that the publication of photos of security agents in action with the aim of harming the physical or mental integrity of the police is punishable by one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros. can.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin had defended the law on several occasions and had been pressured during the debate. Recently, MPs called for the section to be dropped completely. “French society has never been so divided as it is today, and article 24 contributes to it”, declared Pierre Person, LREM deputy, of the newspaper “Le Parisien”.

During the night before a committee of the National Assembly, Darmanin defended the work of the police in the country. He did not rule out structural problems. However, he does not believe in a split between the population and the police. But you have to make people understand the difficulties of the police, he said. Darmanin expressed his confidence in the Parisian police chief Didier Lallement, criticized. “He is in charge of one of the most difficult positions in France. ”

Justice has now opened an investigation against four security forces for the brutal police operation against the music producer. Two were taken into police custody and two were placed under judicial supervision. The lawyer for the music producer attacked said he was “satisfied” on Franceinfo. She underlined the particular importance of videos in the investigation of police brutality. Darmanin told the committee that when he saw the videos for the first time, he initially thought “they weren’t real police officers”.

On the other hand, some police unions considered the decision of the judiciary, in particular with regard to pre-trial detention, as too severe. We hope that this is not due to media pressure and that only the elements of the case have been taken into account, Thierry Clair of the Unsa police union told the television channel.

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