Emmanuel Macron reiterated his confidence in Minister Gerald Darmanin in Marseille and Didier Lallement in Paris, Thursday, June 2, after being in turmoil following Saturday's fiasco at the Stade de France, during the final of Champions League.
"The ministers, they are mine, I appoint and I have confidence in them. This is also true for the Minister of Interior" and "the Prefect who represents the Republic, public order and I therefore want to reiterate my trust in those involved, " stated the head of state while speaking to the media on the sidelines a visit to Marseille, a city dedicated to education.
He said, "And so, I want the government be able to perform its job, and that, in total transparency, we can learn all of the lessons, as well as reiterate my confidence in the people concerned," while speaking publicly for the first time about these incidents.
France has proven that it can attract major competitions. It has done it again with the Euros (2016) football. While we will all draw the consequences of this match, I must remind you that many of these finals have unfortunately had more dramatic events. We are now preparing to welcome rugby in 2023 as well as the 2024 Olympics," he stated. He concluded.
President Emmanuel Macron asked for transparency from the government regarding the incidents near the Stade de France on Wednesday. Olivia Gregoire, a government spokeswoman, said that she had apologized for the incidents.
The Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin sketched a meaculpa in a three-hour hearing before Senate's law committee. This opened the door to reparations for supporters, and sanctions against police officers. It also maintained its controversial version of the number counterfeit notes.
On Saturday evening chaos reigned at the Stade de France as the Champions League final between Liverpool & Real Madrid was taking place. Hundreds of spectators were seen climbing up the gates of the Stade de France, while families and supporters were sprayed with tear gas or attacked or robbed. Gerald Darmanin says incidents were caused by the "30,000 to 40k English supporters" without tickets or with falsified tickets.
According to authorities, this situation led to huge congestion near the Stadium, overflows, and an intervention from the police. This did not result in any serious injuries. The controversy hasn't subsided since then. However, oppositions from both the far right and the far left consider Gerald Darmanin's assertions to be false.