The government sees it as an act of “intimidation”.
Photos of police officers were discovered plastered in several halls of buildings in Épinay-sur-Seine, (Seine-Saint-Denis) on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Thursday, from the National Assembly.
In total, 25 posters were identified, according to BFMTV.
These images printed on A4 sheets and pasted on the walls in the halls, are said to come from Facebook.
They show two police officers from the night squad of the Épinay-sur-Seine police station, as well as the wife of one of them, also a police officer.
Their names and surnames are marked on the photos.
An investigation for "acts of intimidation" was opened by the Bobigny prosecutor's office and entrusted to the departmental security.
The police officers concerned, as well as the Paris police headquarters announced that they would file a complaint.
"A very clear message of threat"
“I mean to what extent these behaviors of disclosure of the personal identity and the personal life of these gendarmes putting forward their close relations, their personal photos […] is a shame.
I take this opportunity to condemn these completely reprehensible acts.
The police officers and the gendarmes are the children of the Republic and they must be protected since they protect us on a daily basis ”, defended Thursday Gérald Darmanin since the National Assembly on the occasion of the vote of the law on the Comprehensive security.
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The Minister of the Interior welcomed in particular the adoption of the controversial article 24 of the Comprehensive Security Law, which henceforth penalizes “provocation to the identification” of the police.
Full support for our police officers whose faces and names have been displayed in Épinay-sur-Seine as a form of intimidation.
I will never accept that we throw in food and threaten those who protect us.
- Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) April 15, 2021
Asked by France Bleu Paris, Rocco Contento, spokesperson for the police union SGP Police Unit in Ile-de-France, considered that the presence of these photos in the halls of buildings constituted "an intimidation" and "a very clear threat ”.
The union asks the government that everything be done to find the authors of this posting.