Has the government of Edouard Philippe failed in its management of the health crisis to the point of seeing its criminal liability engaged? This is the question that the investigating committee of the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) is trying to answer since the opening, on July 7, of a judicial investigation for “abstaining from fighting a disaster”. An offense punishable by two years in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros aimed at “Anyone who voluntarily refrains from taking or initiating measures allowing, without risk for himself or for third parties, to fight a disaster likely to create a danger for the safety of persons”.
It is within the framework of this investigation that the current Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, but also the former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and the former members of the government Agnès Buzyn and Sibeth Ndiaye saw their homes and offices searched, Thursday morning October 15. At the same time, other searches, carried out by the gendarmes of the Central Office for the fight against attacks on the environment and public health and the police officers of the Central Office for the fight against corruption and financial offenses and tax, were carried out by the Director General of Health, Jérôme Salomon, and the Director General of Public Health France, Geneviève Chêne.
The date of this large-scale operation had been fixed for a long time, but, coincidentally, it came the day after the televised intervention by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, in which he announced the establishment of a cover. -fire on part of the territory.
It was for the investigators to verify that these various political leaders were not aware of health measures to be taken that they would have deliberately ignored. To date, 99 complaints have been received by the CJR’s complaints commission. Thirteen were closed, 46 were deemed inadmissible and nine joined for the opening of a judicial investigation. Thirty-one remain pending decision. A single complaint, for the moment, targets the current Prime Minister, Jean Castex, by name.
Among the complainants are in particular liberal doctors who deplore the delay with which they were able to dispose of FFP2 masks when they were on the front line in the fight against the virus. The CGT-Pénitentiaire union and the Vigi police union, which denounce the risks faced by the professions they represent, have also seen their complaints deemed admissible.
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