President Emmanuel Macron is expected Thursday in Roubaix (North) where he must participate in a tribute to the three police officers killed on Sunday in intervention, in a collision with a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction, whose driver was heavily alcoholic and positive for cannabis.
He must meet the families and colleagues of these three young police officers and chair, from 12:00 p.m., a ceremony at the Roubaix national police school, accompanied by his wife Brigitte Macron.
The Head of State is due to speak during the ceremony, which will also be attended by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.
The three police officers, Paul and Steven, 25, and Manon, 24, will receive the insignia of the Legion of Honor posthumously.
"This accident took place during a rescue intervention for victims, which illustrates the heart of the mission incumbent on them. An everyday mission where the police intervene to protect the French", indicated the presidency on Wednesday.
During questions to the government on Wednesday in the Senate, Mr. Darmanin described as "murderer" the driver of the car who hit the police vehicle, himself died in the accident.
"This assassin (...) - because you have to use the words that count - killed not only three destinies but injured the entire national police force" launched the minister. "Too many drivers, too many murderers, kill on the roads under the influence of narcotics and alcohol," he pointed out.
The facts date back to Sunday morning, when an Alfa Romeo traveling in the wrong direction hit the police car which transported, in addition to the three young police officers, a 16-year-old girl whom they were taking to see a doctor after violence she had suffered. denounced overnight. The girl was seriously injured in the accident.
The 24-year-old driver of the Alfa Romeo has died. His 23-year-old passenger was seriously injured.
Twelve members of the police have died in the past 15 years in multi-murderous accidents for the police, the last of which, which occurred on April 11 in the Landes, had cost the lives of two gendarmes who were trying to control a dangerously fast-moving vehicle.
25/05/2023 11:54:27 -- Lille (AFP) © 2023 AFP