The controversy grew on Sunday over the responsibility of each of them in the organizational snags of the Champions League final at the Stade de France, with dire consequences for the image two years after the Paris Olympics. The prestigious European final, which took place in Paris and was won by Real Madrid against Liverpool on Saturday (1: 0), was marked by scenes of chaos and disorganization around the Stade de France, without causing serious injuries.
“Feeling humiliated”, “utter failure of police strategy”: Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon estimated on Sunday that France was not “able” to hold large demonstrations after scenes of chaos, which interrupted the Champions League finals at the Stade de France.
Asked by the RTL-Le Figaro-LCI Grand Jury, the National Rally Leader expressed “a sense of humiliation, because the whole world is watching us and all the capitals that have seen it have noted that France is no longer in a position to organize large demonstrations without degeneration.”
ud83d udcf9 Looking at yesterday’s pictures at the Stade de France, I felt humiliated. We are being watched by the whole world, who sees that France can no longer hold large demonstrations without falling apart. # Grand Jury pic.twitter.com/0HQiMMPxjP
– Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) May 29, 2022
“It is a confirmation that our state is collapsing under our feet. The reality is this. It is that we no longer know how to hold a big event, even though the Olympic Games are in 18 months, which is extremely worrying,” the presidential finalist added. , condemning the “incompetence” of Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin and Paris Police Chief Didier Lallement.
The same observation with the leader of La France insoumise: “The picture is pathetic, disturbing, because we can clearly see that we are not ready for events such as the Olympic Games,” Jean-Luc Mélenchon told BFMTV.
“It’s a complete failure of police strategy,” he said. “There must be a major reflection in order for the French police to return to a facility that will make it more effective,” because “the role of the police is to prevent things from going wrong, but to make things worse there,” he said. Mr. Mellen.
The match at the top of European football, in which Real Madrid won over Liverpool (1: 0), began with a delay of more than 30 minutes due to scenes of chaos in front of the stadium, due to the influx of tens of thousands of fans and attempts to penetrate.
The two politicians disagree on the origins of the slides, and Ms Le Pen believes that the Seine-Saint-Denis department, where the Stade de France is located, was “out of control”.
This has turned out to be “partly a disorganization that the organizers will have to explain, and partly a traditional delinquency,” meaning that “every event will turn into a riot, an attempt at looting.”
Jean-Luc Mélenchon ridiculed the far-right “usual racist chorus”. “Last night’s problem was the doctrine for the use of law enforcement agencies,” he insisted.
For Ronan Evain, CEO of Football Supporters Europe, this failure “raises the question of France’s ability to organize events of this magnitude”.
“We continue to reproduce the same organizational patterns that have failed in the past. There is a strong need to modernize the approach to securing these meetings,” he told AFP.
Too little or too little? The security system – 6,800 police officers, gendarmes and firefighters and a large number of private security agents – was in any case to serve as a test for the Rugby World Cup in France in 2023 and for the Paris Olympics next year. The scenes of disorder have provoked criticism from the opposition.
“Pity for France”
Sovereign MP Nicolas Dupont-Aignan on Twitter condemned “disgrace to France!” Two years before the Paris Olympics, President Emmanuel Macron’s camp also expressed concern.
“Clashes at the Stade de France, brawls in bars, green areas turned into rubbish bins … One observation: we are not ready for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024,” wrote Nathalie Loiseau, MEP for the Presidential Party, on Twitter.
Brawls at the Stade de France, brawls in bars, green areas turned into trash cans… One observation: we are not ready for #YEAH # Paris2024 . Hope: real awareness and real joint work between the state, the city and the organizers. Fast https://t.co/WKgmBifyve
– Nathalie Loiseau (@NathalieLoiseau) May 29, 2022
British Ambassador to Paris Menna Rawlings welcomed “UEFA’s determination to investigate.” “We have to get the facts right,” she wrote on Twitter.
The final of the Champions League was to take place at the Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg. In France, he was transferred as a sign of protest after the invasion of Ukraine by Ukraine on February 24. (Report by Elizabeth Pineau, Julien Pretot, Fernando Kallas with input from Michel Rose)