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MPs launch their commission of inquiry into the attack on the police headquarters


The parliamentarians will hear many actors on this issue in the next six months to shed light on the dysfunctions that have emerged.

Between secret-defense and secrecy of the instruction, the deputies are preparing to evolve on a way of crest. The parliamentary inquiry commission on the events of the Paris police headquarters was to elect its office on Wednesday, October 23, twenty days after the attack that killed four civil servants, in addition to the attacker, shot dead by a police officer. young policeman in the courtyard of the building. Elected officials have six months to conduct hearings and make recommendations to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

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"Our goal is to make concrete proposals to raise the level of protection of the French, it is not to turn this into a judicial or political court to destabilize the Minister of the Interior," says the future president of the commission, the Deputy LR (Alpes-Maritimes) Eric Ciotti, citing the example of the work on the Benalla case. "There was an Islamist attack in an anti-terrorist service. This calls for very strong questions and answers. There have been failures, which span this power, "he says.

Heard in camera

Parliamentarians want to quickly get to the heart of the matter with the public hearing, Wednesday, October 30, Didier Lallement, the police chief, and that of Francoise Bilancini, the boss of the intelligence service where worked Mickaël Harpon, the deputy which killed four of his colleagues. The commission will seek to know why signals seeming to indicate a form of radicalization of the assailant since 2015 have been ignored by his direct hierarchy. Ms. Bilancini, who was not in office at the time, should be heard in camera, if she so desires, as will the various members of the information to be solicited.

If discretion is to be placed on this file, parliamentarians will also have to be careful not to bite on the ongoing judicial investigation. A challenge in this case where the investigators themselves walk on eggs, displaying more caution than the deputies when it comes to specifically qualify the action of Mickael Harpon. The assailant, who seems to have been very disturbed the night before the act, left no claim or element of explanation for his action.

Structural failures

In order to avoid these pitfalls, parliamentarians want to focus on the many structural failures in this affair. For the rapporteur of the commission of inquiry, Florent Boudié, elected LRM of Gironde, "two lines of work emerge: the question of the procedures of detection of the radicalization in an intelligence service and the question of the procedures of authorization of the agents , which provide access to classified information. The role of the police headquarters, which occupies a special place in the institutions, with its own intelligence service, should also be questioned in depth.

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From this point of view, a hearing will be particularly awaited, that of the Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior, Laurent Nunez. Former head of the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI), he has been arguing for months internally for the recasting, or even the outright suppression, of the Directorate of Intelligence of the Prefecture of Police (DRPP), the service where started the carnage. The deputies should however not deprive themselves of questioning him on another of his caps: in 2015, when Mickaël Harpon seemed to congratulate himself on the attack on the Charlie Hebdo editorial, Laurent Nunez was none other than the director of cabinet of the police prefecture.

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Nicolas Chapuis

Source: lemonde

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