It was a text that was to open a long security sequence in Parliament and anchor the majority in the regal turn desired by Emmanuel Macron. The examination, from Tuesday, November 17, of the bill on comprehensive security now promises to be a test, over 1,300 amendments long. The text, accused of infringing fundamental freedoms by defenders of public freedoms and journalists, is already causing cracks in the ” commune house “.
Since its examination in the Law Committee two weeks ago, the blame has followed one another: that of the Defender of Rights Claire Hédon, first, those of the journalists’ companies then, before the warning, Monday, of the Council of Rights l man of the United Nations.
Tuesday November 17, for the arrival of the text in the Hemicycle, it was also impossible to ignore the mobilization of a crowd, masked but compact, of several hundred demonstrators: union representatives of journalists, lawyers but also students, “yellow vests” and a handful of left-wing deputies in front of the Palais-Bourbon. Especially since the gathering ended with violent incidents when it was dispersed by the police.
Within the majority, this file which initially raised the hope of a balanced parliamentary work begins to annoy since the government, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin at the head, seized it to amend it, changing for some its initial spirit.
Tensions around article 24
If the strengthening of municipal police forces and the supervision of private security are rather consensus, several loopholes have been opened by the section on the protection of the police and article 24, which makes punishable by one year of imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros for broadcasting “For the purpose of damaging his physical or mental integrity, the image of the face or any other element of identification of an agent of the national police or the national gendarmerie”.
On this point, Gérald Darmanin and elected officials La République en Marche (LRM) are far from being aligned. “There is a fundamental difference between what the group wears and what the minister says”, notes an LRM deputy. For several days, Mr. Darmanin has openly defended the need for a blurring of the faces of the police before any online distribution while on the LRM side, it is ensured that nothing will prevent the publication of unblurred videos of intervention by the forces of the order if done without malicious intent. One of the two LRM rapporteurs of the text, Jean-Michel Fauvergue, reiterated Tuesday morning, on France Info, that“There will be[it] no blurring “. “The text will remain as it is”, the government refraining for the time being from tabling an amendment to this effect.
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