The Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin attacked this Thursday, December 3 at the “Selective dignity” athletes who denounced the assault by police officers of the black producer Michel Zecler.
“Yes, I find that some have selective dignity”, retorted on RTL the minister, questioned on the positions of leading athletes, including Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé.
French footballers come out of their silence and denounce police violence
“We can also be particularly hurt by what our country represents, the French flag, France in general, when we see that a police commissioner, now, must have an iron splint instead of his arm because that she takes a paving stone “, replied Gérald Darmanin, with reference to officers injured during clashes on the sidelines of a demonstration in Paris on November 28.
“My France hurts”
On Thursday, November 26, French footballers publicly protested, on Twitter, against the police violence suffered by Michel Zecler. Antoine Griezmann tweeted “My France hurts”, accompanied by the Loopsider media video showing the brutal assault of the music producer by the police in a studio at 17e district of Paris.
Mbappé, yet mocked by the public for his smooth image, had denounced him “An unbearable video” and “Unacceptable violence”, adding “Stop racism”, in the midst of the controversy over the proposed law on “global security”, crystallized around its article 24 which provides, among other things, to penalize the malicious dissemination of images of law enforcement officers.
How article 24 caused a political crisis
Other footballers such as Samuel Umtiti, Benjamin Mendy or Wendie Renard were also indignant, as well as basketball players Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier.
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the proposed law on November 28, leading the government to promise a rewrite of the controversial Article 24.