Protests force ‘revision’ of Macron’s security law


Correspondent in Paris

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Emmanuel Macron has asked his Government and party to “scrap” the draft Law on “global security” that has caused massive protest demonstrations That can grow, since the indictment of four policemen, accused of “racist violence”, has only created new fronts of flammable tensions for the president, “refugee” and lonely in the Elysee Palace. Macron held two consecutive and exceptional meetings on Sunday and yesterday with his Prime Minister and Head of Government, Jean Castex, accompanied by the Ministers of the Interior (Gérald Darmanin), Justice (Éric Dupond-Moretti) and Culture (Roselyne Bachelot), asking them for solutions. quick to crisis.

“In a very irritated tone”, according to “Le Figaro”, Macron began by throw the blame on the Minister of the Interior and first responsibility for the crisis: “You have put us in a situation that could have been avoided.”

“Situation” is a word that sums up a political minefield: massive street protests, culminating in tensions and fires; indictment of four police officers guilty of the alleged crime of racist violence against a black audiovisual producer; an exceptional political outcry, calling for the withdrawal of the bill on “global security” that was approved at first reading in the National Assembly on November 24.

After the row over the weekend, at the Elysee, the president of the parliamentary group of La República en Marcha (LREM), Macron’s party, Christophe Castaner, former Minister of the Interior, announced yesterday the “revision” and “new writing” of the controversial article 24 of the bill of “global security.” In its original wording, this article was intended to punish with one year in prison and a 45,000 euro fine for photography and dissemination of images that could “threaten the physical or mental integrity of the forces of order.” The aim was to prohibit filming or photographing the riot police “in action”.

The journalists’ unions and the newsrooms of the leading Parisian press, starting with “Le Figaro” and “Le Monde”, protested for purely professional reasons, claiming the right to film or photograph demonstrations “freely”. From that specific point, the protests spread to other articles and the entire bill.

The catastrophic management of the original problem quickly turned into tensions between the Government, the National Assembly and the Senate, which must approve or clarify the bill at the beginning of next year.

The succession of incidents and protest demonstrations, the recurrent outbreaks of “savage violence” in the “banlieue” (periphery) of Paris, transformed article 24 of the controversial bill into a time bomb and fragmentation.

The terrorist crisis

Two weeks of crisis and tensions, at the peak of political power, have partially ruined the good image that the Government of Emmanuel Macron had, between the end of September and the end of October, in terms of national security, when three terrorist attacks took place / Islamists.

Perceived as the “father of the Nation” during the height of the terrorist crisis, in mid-October, Emmanuel Macron has once again fallen from his pedestal to become a “chameleon president.”

The tensions caused by the “global security” bill somewhat complicates the great bill against religious / cultural separatism and Islamist gangrene, which should be announced before December 15, transformed into a bill to reinforce republican principles and the indissoluble unity of the Nation.

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