Numerous security meetings took place on Sunday at the state summit, where Emmanuel Macron, Élisabeth Borne and Gérald Darmanin remained in close contact.
It is almost midnight when Gerald Darmanin crossed the Bir-Hakeim bridge, in Paris, in the dark and cold night of this first weekend of December. Three hours earlier, on Saturday, an Islamist terrorist, armed with a knife and a hammer, killed a German-Filipino tourist and injured two other people a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, in the 15e district of the capital. In Doha (Qatar), where he was completing an express tour of the Middle East, Emmanuel Macron was informed of the attack by his aide-de-camp.
He immediately spoke with the Minister of the Interior, already there. On the plane which then brought him back to France, the head of state expressed “all (his) condolences to the family and loved ones of the German national who died this evening during the terrorist attack”. The National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office, which took charge of the case, “will be responsible for shedding light on this matter so that justice is done in the name of the French people”adds the president in his message published on X (formerly Twitter).
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Barely arriving in Paris on Sunday morning, Emmanuel Macron decided to speak with the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior and the boss of the DGSI, Nicolas Lerner. The opportunity to carry out an initial inventory, before another safety meeting, at the end of the afternoon. Chaired this time by Élisabeth Borne, the second meeting aims to “take a complete look at the security measures in place” And “the process of caring for the most dangerous individuals», as Matignon summarizes it.
Anger and indignation
Around the table: Éric Dupond-Moretti (Justice), Aurélien Rousseau (Health), Olivier Véran (spokesperson), and Gérald Darmanin (Interior), who then reported the substance to “20 Heures” on TF1. “France is permanently under the influence of the Islamist terrorist threat. We must fight very strongly against radical Islam”insisted the Minister of the Interior. “We will not give in to terrorism”had already promised Élisabeth Borne, in the same tone, in a message on unity of the French in order to “fight against those who attack our values“.
Less than two months after the Arras attack – which cost the life of Professor Dominique Bernard on October 13 – this new attack also aroused the anger and indignation of certain elected officials. The boss of LR, Éric Ciotti, thus denounced the repeat offender profile of the attacker “radicalized, on S file and already convicted for acts linked to terrorism”. Marine Le Pen, for her part, expressed her “thoughts for the target victims of a terrorist on file S and already convicted for acts linked to Islamism”.
From Italy, where he met this weekend with his European allies, the president of the RN, Jordan Bardellafor his part accused the government of being “responsible for a security and migratory situation (…) which has become completely out of control”. “Today, walking under the Eiffel Tower, in the heart of Paris, is taking the risk of dying. What have they done to our country?», pretended to wonder the head of Reconquête!, Éric Zemmour.
Late reactions on the left
On the left, where reactions were later, Jean-Luc Mélenchon spoke out after remaining silent for a long time. Rather than talking about a terrorist act, the Insoumis leader denounced a “murder and injuries on the delusional grounds of religion”. “The murderer is on psychiatric case, under surveillance for a year after four years in prison for attempted ination”he continued, in reference to the neurological disorders from which the ailant suffered. “It is time to realize the consequences of the collapse of the psychiatric system!», concluded the third man in the last presidential election.
thoughts and condolences to the loved ones of the murdered tourist
Olivier Faure, First Secretary of the Socialist Party
Earlier, the LFI coordinator, Manuel Bompardhad called for “not to give general political significance” to the attack, committed according to him by “a person who is obviously unbalanced”. Same warning among the Environmentalists, where Marine Tondelier asked the question “means and psychiatric monitoring”. As for the PS, Olivier Faure more soberly addressed his “thoughts and condolences to the loved ones of the murdered tourist”and reaffirmed its “recognition to the police officers who arrested the terrorist”.