Emmanuel Macron denounces “irresponsible behavior that kills”
The President of the Republic paid a national tribute, Thursday in Roubaix in the north of France, to the three young police officers killed on Sunday by a “driver” who was driving in the wrong direction under the influence of alcohol and cannabis. In his speech, Emmanuel Macron castigated “irresponsible behavior that kills” and praised the dedication of all public service agents.
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Emmanuel Macron denounced Thursday, May 25 the “irresponsible behavior that kills” during the national tribute paid in Roubaix to the three police officers killed by a “driver”, saluting “all those who risk their lives and sometimes lose them to save so many ‘others”.
“Before the pain of their families, before the pain of their colleagues, before the mourning of the French, silence should suffice. But talking about them becomes necessary to pay homage to their destiny, to show respect and affection to those who serve and protect, and denounce irresponsible behavior that kills,” said the head of state in the courtyard of the National Police Academy in the northern city.
He recalled that on Sunday, while on assignment, the young police officers Paul, Steven and Manon, aged 24 to 25, had been taken away by “a vehicle that they could neither see nor foresee”, which was driving “against direction, at open tomb”, driven by “an alcoholic driver and under the influence of narcotics”.
The three police officers were posthumously decorated with the Legion of Honor.
“Tribute to all those who risk their lives”
But the President of the Republic wanted to extend his tribute to all State agents who were victims of violence, after having denounced the day before in the Council of Ministers a form of “decivilization”. He notably cited the premeditated murder on Monday of a nurse at the Reims University Hospital by a man suffering from schizophrenia and paranoia.
Emmanuel Macron lamented that “too many of our public officials” have been “carried away in the exercise of their mission in recent years”, saluting “all those who, at their task every day, ostensibly serve the French”.
“Tribute to all those who risk their lives and sometimes lose them to save so many others,” he said.
“The national police officers, the gendarmes, the municipal police officers, the firefighters, the first aiders, the nurses, the doctors, the teachers and so many others, all those who, in the humility of service, take care of our compatriots and protect, deserve respect and consideration,” he insisted.