draft law After the vote, the Minister hailed a “historic” text giving “police officers, gendarmes, firefighters and prefecture agents” “means to protect the French”
The text carried by Minister Gérald Darmanin was adopted at first reading by 419 votes to 116, and 35 abstentions. — AFP
The Assembly largely approved the on Tuesday the planning and orientation bill of the Ministry of the Interior, which provides for an additional 15 billion euros over five years, a text adopted on Tuesday. with the help of LR and RN despite the opposition of a large part of the left.
The text carried by Minister Gérald Darmanin was adopted at first reading by 419 votes to 116, with 35 abstentions. The elected Communists, Ecologists, and LFI unanimously voted; against, while the Socialists abstained.
After the vote, the Minister greeted a “historic” giving “police officers, gendarmes, firefighters and prefecture agents” “means to protect the French”.
The bill had already I been comfortably adopted in the Senate (307 votes for – including the Socialists, 27 against). Deputies and senators will now try to agree on a common version of the text in the joint committee.
“We welcome the increase in appropriations and the recruitment of 8,500 law enforcement positions” on the five-year term, said before the solemn vote the deputy LR Ian Boucard, repeating however that his group considered the bill to be “insufficient”. The elected representatives of the right obtained the quasi-doubling, at 3,000 places in administrative detention centers for foreigners in an irregular situation.
“It is not enough to inject money,” RN Jordan Guitton, believing that the text represented more “the communication ambition of a minister”, even though his group would vote to “support the forces of order” ;”.
The LFI, communist and ecologist deputies have to the reverse criticized a vision to the opposite of the “community police” they defend. Also in their sights is the extension of the number of offenses that may be subject to a fixed tort fine, imposed by an agent outside of a trial, for example for obstructing road traffic.
“It“s always the same old recipes from Nicolas Sarkozy that you have chosen to ''pimp'' (…) the quantity, the figure to the detriment of the time of the investigations” , launched to the environmental minister Sandra Regol.
Davy Rimane (communist group) castigated him; a text of “automatic justice, without human contact, which relegates empathy to the waste of time,” when rebellious MP Elisa Martin attacked the reform of the judicial police, which is not enacted by this bill, but addressed in a roadmap annexed to the text.
“ This means a real risk of loss of independence since it will act under the authority of the person. of the prefect (…) It can jeopardize investigations,” she warned.
Cybercrime; and online complaint
“It would be stupid not to recognize the progress contained in this text, and in particular the budgetary effort made,” argued for his part the socialist Roger Vicot, recalling however an alert of the Council of State on the “non-fiscal security in the coming years”.
Less hostile than the other deputies of Nupes, the deputy nevertheless denounced “The widening of tort fixed fines to include intrusions into educational establishments and blockages of traffic lanes (which) poses a real democratic question with regard to the right to education. demonstrate.” Defending an “offensive abstention” the reform to come from the judicial police as well as a lack of measures in the text in favor of the police-population link.
With the increase in appropriations, 11 new units of mobile forces “ specializing in rapid response” will be created. And, to ensure safety in rural areas, 200 gendarmerie brigades.
To fight cybercrime, which is constantly increasing, the text will allow the seizure of digital assets such as cryptocurrencies. The bill also opens up the possibility of for certain offenses to file a complaint by videoconference, and toughens the repression of sexist and sexual insults. It also presents a roadmap for the ministry (on digital, training, the place of Frontex in national border control, etc.), without legislative value .