Stade de France: the RATP did not keep its images, the SNCF did

The CCTV images taken by the RATP on the day of the Champions League final at the Stade de France have been erased but the SNCF has kept its own, the public companies told AFP this Friday, June 10.

“The retention period for videos from video protection cameras is 72 hours for storage reasons”and “without judicial requisition they are automatically overwritten by new recordings”explained a spokesperson for the RATP.

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On the other hand, the SNCF kept its images. “CCTV footage is normally automatically erased after three days. In the case of the events at the Stade de France, the automatic deletion of the images was blocked and the images were kept, as authorized by the legislation for a period of 30 days.a spokesperson told AFP. “These images were the subject today (Friday) of a requisition by the judicial authorities”he added.

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The two operators have an extensive network of cameras in the metro stations and RER stations, including those of line 13 of the Paris metro (RATP) and RER B and D (SNCF) which serve the Stade de France, Saint-Denis, where jostling, violence and attacks marred the evening of May 28.

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Officials from the two carriers were summoned to the Senate on Tuesday morning to explain themselves to the culture and law committees.

Erwan Le Prévost, director of institutional affairs for the French Football Federation (FFF), told the Senate on Thursday that the CCTV images around the Stade de France had also not been kept, we learned during hearings by the Senate on Thursday. These images are systematically destroyed after seven days, unless requisitioned by justice, he explained.

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The police, responsible for investigating the counterfeit tickets during the final, nevertheless asked the Stade de France on Thursday evening for the images of the violence filmed by its cameras, a source in the file saying that they had “always hope” to recover them, without further details. The police headquarters recalled that its own images were available to the courts.

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The chairs of the two Senate committees investigating the May 28 incidents “also regret not having been able to read the video protection images mentioned by Gérald Darmanin”the Minister of the Interior, during his hearing on 1 June, “in order to understand the sequence of events that led to the disorders observed around the stadium”.

“They are therefore counting on the diligence of the services of the Ministry (of the Interior) and the police headquarters to be able to access it as soon as possible”the Senate said in a statement.

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