He attended and conducted all the Senate hearings following the Stade de France fiasco.
Senator (LR) from the Rhône and chairman of the law commission at the Luxembourg Palace, François-Noël Buffet detailed on Sunday in an interview with the regional daily Le Progrès his analysis of the incidents that occurred on the sidelines of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, May 28 in Saint-Denis.
“The major problem comes from the Minister of the Interior, who lied.
Following the events, he told bullshit.
This is what ignited the powder.
If he had spoken of errors, by apologizing, there would have been no affair, ”estimates Buffet, reassembled against the former member of his party.
The latter had been heard first, along with the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, and had affirmed that the chaos around the stadium was mainly linked to the massive influx of "30,000 to 40,000" supporters of the Reds equipped with falsified tickets or without sesame.
A week ago, the tenant of Place Beauvau had partly made his mea culpa in an interview with RTL.
“Could the Stade de France have been better managed?
The answer is yes.
Do I have some responsibility?
The answer is yes, acknowledged the Minister of the Interior.
“I sincerely apologize (to) all those who suffered this mismanagement.
“Initially, the Minister of the Interior had spoken of 30,000 counterfeit banknotes.
In the end, only 2,800 counterfeit banknotes were counted.
He had also said that it was the fault of the English, who had made a mess.
This is not true in reality, answers François-Noël Buffet.
The English were not responsible.
They are there for nothing.
It was the poor organization that caused all the difficulties that were encountered, in particular the controls at the stadium.
A report delivered on July 13
The problems that led to the Stade de France incidents in the eyes of Senator LR: the express delay of three months after the relocation of the final initially planned in Saint Petersburg, the poor orientation of spectators who came by RER D who contributed to obstruct access to the enclosure, and the delinquency "which started at noon".
“There was no massive public security action.
The prefect recognized that his priority was the maintenance of order, not public safety, ”underlines the elected official.
François-Noël Buffet and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Culture and Sport Laurent Lafon, senator (UDI) from Val-de-Marne, will issue a report on July 13 which will be made public.
A UEFA investigation, the conclusions of which are expected in September, is also underway.
According to the latest statement from the Bobigny prosecutor's office (Seine-Saint-Denis), 80 people have filed complaints for assaults, thefts or even citing the behavior of the police.