The Ministry of the Interior embarrassed by the “medal” given to Bardella | EUROtoday

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The president of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella, during a trip to the Menton border post (Alpes-Maritimes), February 19, 2024.

The controversy grew. To the purpose that the Minister of the Interior issued an instruction to the prefects in addition to to the bosses of the police and the gendarmerie, Wednesday February 21. In this doc, Gérald Darmanin remembers the principles governing visits to those providers after Jordan Bardella created controversy by going to the CRS-6 barracks in Saint-Laurent-du-Var (Alpes-Maritimes) on Monday.

The president of the National Rally (RN) and MEP had made no secret of this go to, 4 months earlier than the renewal of the Strasbourg Parliament. But one video taken by native RN deputy, Bryan Massonexhibiting him receiving the corporate crest from his commander, had a powerful media impression. “Jordan Bardella received this morning, from the hands of Commander Jean-Marc Cortes, the medal of the CRS-6 of Saint-Laurent-du-Var! Long live the CRS6 and long live the Alpes-Maritimes”rejoiced the parliamentarian on

“Would this not be a manifest breach of the obligation of neutrality imposed on civil servants? reacted the socialist mayor of Dijon, François Rebsamen. Where is the Republic? » Beyond the outraged reactions on the left, Place Beauvau, as of Tuesday, the minister's entourage regretted “an error of judgment when accepting this visit” by the prefect of Alpes-Maritimes, Hugues Moutouh. And let or not it’s identified {that a} “report has been requested”. An indication of the ministry's embarrassment within the face of this new media stunt by the far proper in the course of the marketing campaign for the European elections, and one more image of the normalization claimed by the previous National Front (FN).


“By virtue of the principle of neutrality of the public service, any political communication action in the police and gendarmerie services is prohibited”, remembers Mr. Darmanin in his instruction. In the minister's entourage, we contemplate that if the prefect of the division had the appropriate to authorize the go to of elected officers – which in itself will not be distinctive – on this case, “we should have said to ourselves that during the election period, it was going to resonate strongly”. Especially since, all weekend, the RN boasted of rallying to its record the previous director basic of the European border guard company Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, himself current within the CRS barracks of Saint -Laurent-du-Var.

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Officially, nonetheless, the occasion was a easy go to by an MEP, and never the primary stage of a marketing campaign journey. In any case, that is how Bryan Masson introduced it to the commander of CRS-6 and to the prefecture within the double request for authorization that he claims to have despatched to them. A single instruction would then have been given to him: “No press inside buildings”, he assures World.

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