Heard by the Senate on Thursday to explain the incidents that occurred during the Champions League final, the prefect of police Didier Lallement appeared quite annoyed when asked what consequences he drew from this personal fiasco.
He obviously didn’t like the question at all. Invited to speak before the Senate this Thursday morning to try to shed light on the serious incidents that occurred at the Stade de France during the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on May 28, the prefect of police Didier Lallement got annoyed in front of the upper house of parliament after a senator’s question.
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Asked by Marie-Pierre de La Gontrie, senator (PS) from Paris about the consequences he drew from this fiasco “personally”, Didier Lallement drew. “How important is my personal situation? I am a high-ranking official, revocable ad nutum every Wednesday. What is your problem?”, Launched the prefect of police.
He recognizes “a failure” in police management “but assumes his choices
During this hearing, Lallement acknowledged that the police management around the match was “obviously a failure” and that “the image of the country” had been shaken. While assuming his choices, in particular on the use of tear gas.
“We used tear gas, the only way to our police knowledge to push back a crowd, except to charge it. I think it would have been a mistake to charge people. The tear gas worked. I am well aware that people of good faith were gassed, sometimes even families, I’m sorry, but there was no other way.”