It is an injury that dates back to this evening of November 13, 2015 when terrorism was unleashed in the Paris region: perhaps the national police or the gendarmerie could have, by better coordination of their special forces, intervene earlier and save more lives.
The boss of the time of the Raid, an elite unit of the national police, Jean-Michel Fauvergue, was moved on several occasions, in particular before the parliamentary commission of inquiry on the means of the State in the face of terrorism in March 2016.
He repeats it in an Arte documentary, which the former Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced to sue.
“Les ombres du Bataclan”, by Francis Gillery, aired on Arte on September 8 and is still available on Arte TV and YouTube.
It traces the "dysfunctions that marked a tragic night", according to the presentation.
The documentary was co-written with Georges Fenech, the chairman of the commission of inquiry.
"Shadows of the Bataclan"
In "The Shadows of the Bataclan", Jean-Michel Fauvergue repeats (in the 48th minute) that the National Police Intervention Force, "the FIPN should have been triggered" making him the head of operations with the deputy chief. of the BRI, the research and intervention brigade.
I did not understand why this FIPN was not triggered.
Let us be very clear: there is a rivalry at the Ministry of the Interior between the prefect of police and the director general of the national police, ”he assures us.
Valls' presidential ambitions
These are not the words that annoy Manuel Valls but those of "Franck B.", presented in obscurity protecting his anonymity as a "former intelligence officer". "There was not only the Raid which could intervene but there was also the GIGN at the Célestins barracks, which was finishing an anti-terrorist fight training and which was equipped and able to intervene quickly", explains first that man. "What was said among people who had access to information is that it was indeed an order from Valls." He accuses the Prime Minister, by presidential ambition, in view of the April 2017 election, of having "needed to grab the good graces of the police." (…) They had to be put forward in an intervention, even if it means giving priority to some ”, he continues,relying on the "very good relations" of Manuel Valls with the head of the BRI at the time, Commissioner Christophe Molmy, now Controller General of Police.
"There was an inconsistency in the orders that had been given, and we knew that Cazeneuve was obeying Manuel Valls, so we knew that it was Valls who had given the orders to let the BRI intervene, period."
Seeming to bounce back from the accusation of this interlocutor in the documentary, Manuel Valls recognizes "perhaps the delay in the procedures", but refers to Bernard Cazeneuve and to the police chief Michel Cadot.
"An almost diabolical cynicism"
On Twitter, this Thursday morning, he announced "to file a complaint of the count of public defamation against a public person" after this "implication as violent as heinous".
“This amounts to imputing to me an almost diabolical cynicism since I would not hesitate to sacrifice human lives on the altar of a tortuous electoral calculation.
These words go far beyond the permissible limits of freedom of expression, ”he denounces.
This amounts to imputing to me an almost diabolical cynicism since I would not hesitate to sacrifice human lives on the altar of a tortuous electoral calculation.
These words go well beyond the permissible limits of freedom of expression.
- Manuel Valls (@manuelvalls) September 16, 2021
On Europe 1 ten days ago, Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior on November 13, 2015, castigated the accusations contained in the document. “It's abject to say things like that. Letting them say and diffuse cannot produce other effects than a form of nausea. Victims have rallied to his opinion.