Chaos of Stade France: the “mea culpa” of the prefect Didier Lallement before the Senate
Published on 9.6.2022 by Epoch Times with AFP
The prefect of police of Paris Didier Lallement acknowledged this Thursday before the Senate that the police management around the Real Madrid-Liverpool Champions League final on May 28 was “obviously a failure”.
“It’s obviously a failure”said Didier Lallement, mentioning the people “pushed or assaulted” and “shaken image” of France, before the law commission of the upper house. “It hurts me”he added.
“I assume full responsibility for the police management of the day of Saturday May 28, and I repeat, I am the only operational accountant. Those who acted did so under my command, and I first want to salute them. Without them, a tragedy could have happened. I share with them the gratitude and the pride of having them under my command »said the prefect of police in tribute to the police. “We made sure there were no serious injuries.”
“Sincere regrets” to the supporters
“People have been pushed around or attacked when we owed them security” during this evening. “Faced with a major crisis, we ensured that the match was held, that there were no serious injuries and no deaths”noted Didier Lallement.
The prefect said his “sincere regret” to British and Spanish supporters and encouraged them to file a complaint, which has been possible since Monday by downloading a form from the website of the French Embassy in the United Kingdom.
What about tear gas?
Regarding the use of tear gas used by the police on the forecourt of the stadium, the prefect repeated that it was the ” the only way to push back a crowd except to charge it, and I think it would have been a big mistake to charge people. (…) I am well aware that people of good faith have been gassed, and I am totally sorry about that, but I repeat it, there was no other way”.
And for the 30 to 40,000 counterfeit tickets?
The police chief said “assume completely” the figure of 30,000 to 40,000 people located in front of the Stade de France without a valid ticket. “The number had no scientific virtue. Perhaps I was mistaken in the figure given to the Minister, but I never claimed that this figure was perfectly correct”he points out.
This estimate, taken up by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, is contested by the British, the press and many observers. Gérald Darmanin had explained after the sporting meeting that “30,000 to 40,000 English supporters found themselves at the Stade de France, either without tickets or with falsified tickets”.