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Parliamentary question - E-006692/2020Parliamentary question

Widespread use of violence by the police in France

Question for written answer  E-006692/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Manuel Bompard (GUE/NGL), Manon Aubry (GUE/NGL), Leila Chaibi (GUE/NGL), Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL), Anne-Sophie Pelletier (GUE/NGL)

In the past two years, the number of instances of the police in France acting with undue violence have shot up. Already in 2019, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe was said to be ‘extremely concerned’ about the violence used in tackling the yellow vest protesters.[1]. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights also expressed its concerns over the ‘excessive use of force’.[2].

Several events where unprecedented violence was employed in recent days (Place de la République, Michel Zecler case…) just confirm that use of violence is becoming more widespread amongst the police. Journalists and members of the public must, therefore, be allowed to gather evidence of these instances of police violence by filming and publishing them, something the French Government wants to ban through the ‘global security’ law. This draft law has been condemned by the United Nations Council of Human Rights[3] and is causing the Commission anxiety.

Parliament has spoken out on many occasions to condemn violence of this kind and threats to the rule of law, including within the EU.[4][5][6].

Does the Commission consider the draft ‘global security’ law and police practices in France to be compatible with the rule of law and the values of the European Union as laid down in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union?

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