Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin returned to the chaos at the Stade de France that occurred on the evening of the Champions League final at the end of May. He admits having a “share of responsibility” in the images that have gone around the world. “I apologize very willingly (to) all those who have suffered this mismanagement,” added the Beauvau tenant.
Gérald Darmanin acknowledged Tuesday “a part of responsibility” in the security fiasco of the Champions League final at the end of May, reiterating his “apologies” to the supporters “who suffered this mismanagement”. “Could the Stade de France have been better managed? The answer is yes. Do I have some responsibility? The answer is yes,” said the Minister of the Interior on RTL. “I sincerely apologize (to) everyone who suffered this mismanagement,” he added, to Liverpool supporters who were tear gassed by police or assaulted and robbed – as well as supporters of Real Madrid – after the match on May 28.
The “fight against crime”
Gérald Darmanin was pleased that the last three sporting meetings organized in the enclosure, including the final of the Top 14 on Friday, had not been the subject of “any difficulties”. “I took measures which profoundly changed (the organization of) the Prefecture of police around the Stade de France”, he said, stressing that he had “doubled the means which were undoubtedly lacking (to) fight” against crime. “If there is something that has gone wrong at the Stade de France, it is the fight against delinquency”, insisted the minister who, on the evening of the final, had blamed Liverpool supporters came without a ticket or with counterfeit tickets.
Asked about the responsibility of the prefect of police Didier Lallement and his future, Gérald Darmanin declared “never to punish ad hominem but maybe in the secrecy of my office there are changes”. “The question of people will come later, the prefect of police did his job that evening, but it is certain that we have a change of organization to do, that obviously does not mean that we have to attack this or that person”, he concluded.