tear gas is the “only way to push back a crowd, except to charge it”, declares Didier Lallement before the Senate

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12:09 : It’s time to recall the main news of the day:

The prefect of police Didier Lallement, heard by the Senate about the evening of the Champions League final, recognizes a “failure but defends himself on several disputed points, including counting the number of Liverpool supporters and the use of tear gas.

The driver of the vehicle targeted by police fire on Saturday in Paris is currently being presented to a judge, with a view to his possible indictment, we learned from his lawyer.

The Battle of Sievierodonetsk is “probably one of the most difficult of this war and could decide “spell” of the Donbass, according to Volodymyr Zelensky. The governor of the Luhansk region admitted yesterday that the Russian army controlled “a large part” of the city, and opened the door to a withdrawal of Ukrainian troops.

The Marseille public prosecutor’s office has opened a judicial investigation into suspicions of concealment of incidents at the Tricastin nuclear power plant (Drome)after a complaint from a former site engineer.

12:16 p.m. : The other point of debate relates to the number of supporters present at the stadium. “The figure had no scientific virtue” believes Didier Lallement, who adds that the 30 to 40,000 supporters mentioned were not necessarily “on the forecourt of the stadium”but all around, and that it was not necessarily “a few thousand, perfectly fair”. He believes that the most important information was “that there were far more people than the capacity of the stadium”which he maintains.

Remember, moreover, that in the wake of the match, the authorities presented this figure not as the count of all Liverpool supporters, but as the number of supporters without valid tickets, which would have been added to the 20,000 holders of real squares. A discrepancy in the speech which is not mentioned this morning by the prefect.

12:02 : Didier Lallement is still auditioned by the senators, who question him insistently on the possibility of changing the doctrine of maintaining order to find alternatives to tear gas. The prefect of police insists on the absence, in his eyes, of an alternative to these tools or to the charges: “The doctrine can obviously evolve if it is desired that we do not gas, but we will have to charge to repel a crowd. I am not very much in favor of this second option”.

11:03 am : “To reduce the pressure of the crowd on the gates and the turnstiles, (…) we used tear gas, the only way to push back a crowd, except to charge it. I fully assume it. “Didier Lallement, prefect of police of Paris #Senate #StadedeFrance https://t.co/rUn4k85fEE

11:03 am “I’m the one who gave this number [de 34 000 faux billets] to the minister. I fully assume it and we can have this discussion on the accuracy of the figure. “Didier Lallement, prefect of police of Paris #Senate #StadedeFrance https://t.co/uM6JWeNDY1

11:02 : The prefect of police also defends the use of tear gas, while saying “totally sorry” that they have touched “people of good faith, especially families”. He justifies it by the need to “Reduce the pressure of crowd on the gates and turnstiles”. “We asked people to step back, and it is clear that nothing happened”assures Didier Lallement, for whom these gases were then “the only way that we know of” to achieve this without burdening the crowd.

11:12 a.m. : “I was the one who gave this figure to the Minister [Gérald Darmanin] and I fully accept it. We can have discussions about the accuracy of the figure.”

In the Senate, Didier Lallement returns to the highly disputed count of the number of Liverpool supporters present around the Stade de France. The police prefecture estimates it more exactly at 34,000 and is based on “the indications given by the transport operators” and “the observation” done around the stadium. We explained on May 31 why this figure was strongly questioned.

10:39 : The hearing of Didier Lallement is not the only one on the Senate program today: this afternoon, the law commission will receive officials from the French Football Federation, then, at 4 p.m., the mayor of Liverpool , Steve Rotheram, himself present at the stadium where he says he was attacked. “I want as many people as possible, in France, to know what really happened. Not the distorted truth of the Minister of the Interior”he told franceinfo.

10:22 : The prefect of police does not deny his management of the evening: he “take it in full” and congratulates the forces of order, assuring that “without [elles]a tragedy could have happened”. In front of the senators, he is pleased that the match between Liverpool and Real Madrid could be held and that there were no deaths or serious injuries.

10:18 a.m. : “Not evading my responsibilities, I am trying to look as clearly as possible at what happened around the Stade de France that evening: it was obviously a failure, because people were pushed around and attacked”explains Didier Lallement in the introduction, who also deplores as a failure the fact that “the image of France” abroad has been tainted.

10:14 a.m. : The evening at the Stade de France “is obviously a failure”recognizes the prefect of police Didier Lallement, who expresses his “sincere regrets” to Spanish and English spectators.

10:14 a.m. : The president of the senatorial commission, the LR François-Noël Buffet, explains in opening that he intends to question the prefect Didier Lallement both on the attitude of the police vis-à-vis the public, in particular the fact that spectators “calm” suffered tear gas, but also the attacks suffered around the stadium. “Shonestly, we don’t understand”he summarizes.

10:10 a.m. : The prefect of police of Paris, Didier Lallement, is auditioned by the commission of the laws of the Senate about the organization of the security device the evening of the final of the Champions League at the Stade de France. You can watch this hearing live on the Public Senate website.

09:06 : It’s time for a new point on the news of the day:

The Battle of Sievierodonetsk is “probably one of the most difficult of this war and could decide “spell” of the Donbass, according to Volodymyr Zelensky. The governor of the Luhansk region admitted yesterday that the Russian army controlled “a large part” of the city, and opened the door to a withdrawal of Ukrainian troops.

• The European Parliament has approved the ban on the sale of new thermal and hybrid cars in the EU from 2035. This measure of the European Commission’s “climate package” must now be submitted to the Member States.

The prefect of police of Paris Didier Lallement is heard in the Senate from 10 a.m. on the flaws in the organization of the Champions League final at the Stade de France.

07:35 : Let’s start by taking stock of the main news of the day:

The Battle of Sievierodonetsk is “probably one of the most difficult of this war and could decide “spell” of the Donbass, according to Volodymyr Zelensky. The governor of the Luhansk region admitted yesterday that the Russian army controlled “a large part” of the city, and opened the door to a withdrawal of Ukrainian troops.

• The European Parliament has approved the ban on the sale of new thermal and hybrid cars in the EU from 2035. This measure of the European Commission’s “climate package” must now be submitted to the Member States.

Overtime, appeal to retirees and student nurses… The Minister of Health, Brigitte Bourguignon, presented “first steps” to address the understaffing in hospitals. Some unions consider them insufficient.

The prefect of police of Paris Didier Lallement is heard in the Senate from 10 a.m. on the flaws in the organization of the Champions League final at the Stade de France.

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