French senate – Longchamp Bags http://long-champbags.com/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 18:09:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://long-champbags.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/favicon-1-120x120.png French senate – Longchamp Bags http://long-champbags.com/ 32 32 The French Senate examines the decision to abolish the TV license – Deadline https://long-champbags.com/the-french-senate-examines-the-decision-to-abolish-the-tv-license-deadline/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 09:52:00 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/the-french-senate-examines-the-decision-to-abolish-the-tv-license-deadline/ The French government’s controversial decision to abolish the country’s 89-year-old television license fee is due to be voted on by France’s upper house this week. The end of the fee, currently set at 138 euros ($141) a year, is included in broader budget rectification legislation tackling the cost of living crisis. The decision to scrap […]]]>

The French government’s controversial decision to abolish the country’s 89-year-old television license fee is due to be voted on by France’s upper house this week.

The end of the fee, currently set at 138 euros ($141) a year, is included in broader budget rectification legislation tackling the cost of living crisis.

The decision to scrap the levy follows an election promise made by President Emmanuel Macron in March during his presidential campaign and is seen as setting a precedent for other European territories such as the UK, where the levy is also underway. revision.

The minority government of Macron’s Renaissance party led by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne managed to pass the TV license fee measure in the lower house on July 23, with 170 votes to 57, thanks to the support of the center opposition party -right The Republicans (LR).

The bill is expected to face stronger opposition from the 348-member centre-right-dominated upper house, which was due to address the issue in a public debate on Monday (August 1) afternoon.

The upper house is rushing to vote on the package of measures included in the budget rectification law by August 6, ahead of the August 7-24 summer recess.

Plans to abolish the TV license from all political quarters in the upper house are causing concern for different reasons.

The license fee, which generates the bulk of funding for France Télévisions, Radio France, Franco-German broadcaster Arte and international TV channels France 24 and RFI, raised some $3.1 billion in 2020, to which the government has added another $666 million.

One of the main sticking points in the Senate is the government’s plan to replace lost revenue by tapping into value-added tax (VAT) revenue. These revenues amounted to 92 billion euros in 2021, the lion’s share of which went to social security payments.

This plan raised objections from both sides of the upper house, which led to an amendment being tabled last week asking that this funding mechanism be limited to December 31, 2024.

Regardless of this amendment, another sticking point in the VAT financing plan is a public expenditure law that will come into force in 2025, which will impose a link between a tax and the mission it finances.

Beyond the technicalities of how funding will be replaced, left-leaning senators say abolishing the license will threaten the independence of state broadcasters if it means they have to renegotiate budgets with governments in place every two or three years.

Leftist Senator David Assouline said the move violated Article 34 of the French Constitution, which enshrines the independence of the media.

“If we don’t win the parliamentary battle, we will appeal to the Constitutional Court on the basis of Article 34,” Assouline told French media during the Senate’s deliberation on the measure.

Critics of the decision to end fees as a cost-of-living measure say the move will have negligible impact on the finances of the 23 million households that currently pay for the TV license, noting that low-income households n were already not subject to payment.


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French Senate to vote on ending Covid-era emergency measures https://long-champbags.com/french-senate-to-vote-on-ending-covid-era-emergency-measures/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 06:05:26 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/french-senate-to-vote-on-ending-covid-era-emergency-measures/ Published on: 07/20/2022 – 08:05 The French Senate will debate and vote on Wednesday a revised bill which will officially end the exceptional measures put in place during the Covid pandemic on August 1, including the end of the possibility of relaunching the vaccination pass at the border. During debates in the National Assembly on […]]]>

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The French Senate will debate and vote on Wednesday a revised bill which will officially end the exceptional measures put in place during the Covid pandemic on August 1, including the end of the possibility of relaunching the vaccination pass at the border.

During debates in the National Assembly on the bill, lawmakers removed a key measure that would allow the government to reintroduce a health pass at France’s borders.

The article was rejected by an alliance of far-right MPs from the National Rally and the Republicans (LR), as well as the majority of the left-wing Nupes alliance, dealing a first blow to President Emmanuel Macron and his government. after the June legislative elections.

Macron has now appealed to the “wisdom” of the Senate to reinstate a bill that “would keep things on track”. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne described the senators’ “spirit of responsibility”

However, the right-wing dominated Senate is unlikely to want to do Macron any favors.

“Out of the question to restore the deleted article as the government drafted it”, warned the president of the LR group in the Senate, Bruno Retailleau.

Senator LR Philippe Bas rewrote a version of the article in an attempt to find a compromise, which would allow a “much more limited” health pass at the borders. This would allow France to request a negative Covid test from those arriving from abroad. .

The senator renamed it “travel health certificate”, to clearly distinguish it from the health pass that had been requested in cafes and restaurants and other public places.

The Senate version of the bill makes explicit the end of limits on movement, such as lockdowns and curfews, and more importantly, it opens the door for unvaccinated nurses and health care workers to return to work – a measure that the medical academy still opposes.

In the bill, vaccine requirements for health workers would be suspended as soon as this is justified by the evolution of the pandemic or “medical and scientific knowledge” allows it.

Once the bill has been passed by the Senate, senators and deputies in the National Assembly will meet on Thursday to draft a common text which will have to be voted on by both chambers.

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Liverpool Echo will fight for answers as French Senate clears fans https://long-champbags.com/liverpool-echo-will-fight-for-answers-as-french-senate-clears-fans/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 05:47:36 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/liverpool-echo-will-fight-for-answers-as-french-senate-clears-fans/ A regional daily has vowed to keep fighting for answers about the chaos at a French football stadium falsely blamed on football fans in its patch. The Echo of Liverpool spoke after a report from the French Senate in the events surrounding the Champions League final in Paris felt it was unfair that the authorities […]]]>

A regional daily has vowed to keep fighting for answers about the chaos at a French football stadium falsely blamed on football fans in its patch.

The Echo of Liverpool spoke after a report from the French Senate in the events surrounding the Champions League final in Paris felt it was unfair that the authorities “sought to blame Liverpool supporters”.

The match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid on May 28 was marred by several organizational failures on the part of European football’s governing body, UEFA, and the French authorities.

A number of supporters then turned up at the Echo to detail the ‘horrible experiences’ of the match – including being gassed by police, being refused entry to the stadium despite valid tickets, and being attacked and robbed by residents.

L’Echo splashed the findings of the French Senate on Thursday and issued the warning: “Let’s get this straight…this must never happen to the fans again.”

In an accompanying editorialtrainee journalist Patrick Edrich wrote: “A horribly dated view of the French authorities has led to fans being bottled up, run over, tear gassed, abused and ignored.

“It was only thanks to the exemplary behavior of Liverpool supporters who were subjected to extreme provocations by the police that the result was not worse than it was.

“And because of that, serious questions have to be asked about the capacity of the stadium and the city of Paris to host events of this magnitude.

“Since the Champions League final, the police at the stadium have been tripled.

“It can only be a good thing, but it shows again how unprepared the stadium was to host the game.”

The report said the fans caught up in the crush had been “misunderstood” and identified by French authorities as “hooligans, sending them back to 1980s stereotypes”.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin also incorrectly claimed the problem stemmed from “30 to 40,000” Liverpool fans with fake tickets.

Patrick added: “An independent study by UEFA was launched last month to examine the planning of the governing body for the showpiece final.

“Points that need to be addressed will no doubt relate to the structure of the ticket office, the problems with reading barcodes, the role of stewards and the role of the police.

“But above all, we hope that UEFA will take some responsibility for their part in this fiasco and not play the blame game.

“The Senate report brought the truth to light. But that should not prevent it from being the center of our attention.

“Instead, it should make us hungrier for answers about why it was allowed.”


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Liverpool fans unfairly blamed for CL final chaos, French Senate report says https://long-champbags.com/liverpool-fans-unfairly-blamed-for-cl-final-chaos-french-senate-report-says/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 19:40:00 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/liverpool-fans-unfairly-blamed-for-cl-final-chaos-french-senate-report-says/ Liverpool fans were unfairly blamed for the chaos that surrounded last season’s Champions League final in Paris to ‘distract attention’ from the failure of organisers, according to a French Senate report. The Senate has heard from Reds supporters, as well as French police and government officials and UEFA events director Martin Kallen, since the May […]]]>

Liverpool fans were unfairly blamed for the chaos that surrounded last season’s Champions League final in Paris to ‘distract attention’ from the failure of organisers, according to a French Senate report.

The Senate has heard from Reds supporters, as well as French police and government officials and UEFA events director Martin Kallen, since the May 28 game, which started with more than half a hour late.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin initially blamed delays at the gate for ticketless Liverpool fans for crowds accumulating at the perimeter of the Stade de France, with police also using tear gas on supporters waiting to gain entry.

The interim report of his findings, published on Wednesday, said: “It is unfair to have sought to blame Liverpool supporters for the disturbances, as the Home Secretary did to deflect the attention to the State’s inability to adequately manage the crowds present and to curb the action of several hundred violent and coordinated (local) offenders.

Fans gather outside the Stade de France perimeter on May 28 (Adam Davy/PA)

He was greeted by Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan, who demanded an apology from the French government. Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly have demanded the same plus a full parliamentary inquiry in France.

“I would say I was incredibly encouraged to see one of the senators specifically apologize to Liverpool fans and Real Madrid fans for what happened that night,” Hogan said on the Liverpool official website.

“And I would ask the French government to do the same. Not just to Liverpool and Real Madrid fans, but to both clubs, who had reputational issues coming out of the final and we hope they will apologize where they are deserved.

The report revealed that the chaos was caused by a “chain of events and malfunctions” in the days and hours leading up to kick-off.

He adds: “The systems put in place had major shortcomings with regard to intelligence (absence of hooligans but presence of criminals in large numbers), transport routes for supporters (removal of a drop-off route near the stadium ) and poor communication.

“It is not only in the execution that problems have arisen. Upstream, the crisis scenarios were insufficiently worked out and did not demonstrate the necessary flexibility in the face of so many unforeseen events.

The Senate report says the French authorities must learn the lessons of the “serious collective failure” that has occurred and apply them to the organization of the Rugby World Cup next year and the Olympics in 2024.

The report described UEFA’s handling of the ticketing system as “inadequate” and criticized the lack of training for stewards, who it said were quickly overwhelmed.

UEFA had not put in place a system in advance to detect the extent of forgeries, the Senate found.

The report says the French Football Federation (FFF) has identified 2,471 counterfeit tickets, including 1,644 in the southern area of ​​the stadium dedicated to Liverpool supporters.

He also said that the decision to carry out an initial check of the validity of tickets at the pre-check security points had led to the blocking of the checkpoints.

The Senate recommended the introduction of tamper-proof tickets for these major events and better coordination between stewards and police.

The reduced service of the RER B network put additional pressure on the RER D, which had to deal with 36,000 fans instead of 10 to 15,000.

This, combined with a lack of escape routes at the exit of the RER D station, led to a “crisis situation”, according to the report.

Fans wait in front of Gate Y of the Stade de France
Fans wait outside Gate Y of the Stade de France (Nick Potts/PA)

Police were said to have been influenced by a ‘dated view’ of British fans as officers prepared for an influx of hooligans, rather than a plan built around fan enjoyment and ease of access to the venue.

“The reception of the supporters in a festive setting had been neglected”, he specifies.

Security personnel were slow to intervene in acts of theft by local offenders – and to get them out of the stadium forecourt – due to congestion caused by transportation and ticketing issues, according to the report.

The presence of these offenders was said to be “predictable”, but the number of police assigned to the fight against crime was not sufficient.

The report said 209 officers were deployed to cover the possibility of crimes being committed in the final, less than a third of the number on duty for the same purpose during the Nations League game France v Denmark last month. last.

Spirit of Shankly said the chaos around the final represented a “monumental failure” by the French government and UEFA.

He thanked the Senate for welcoming the testimonies of fans and exonerating them from any responsibility, but added: “There remains the problem of persistently repeated lies.

“We want a full apology from the French government with a complete retraction of the lies alleged in their name since May 28, 2022, and we will continue to push to achieve this. We also believe that only a full French parliamentary inquiry, with witnesses testifying under oath, will bring truth and justice and we will continue to press for this.

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “I welcome the findings of the French Senate inquiry which finally acknowledges the organizational failures that led to the terrifying scenes in Paris and the treatment of Liverpool supporters.

“In meetings with my French counterpart, I called for the investigations to be transparent and for the conclusions to be in line with what the supporters experienced on the pitch.

“With this interim report and the results of UEFA’s independent investigation to follow, lessons must be learned, so that events like these can never happen again.”

UEFA has commissioned an independent review of the events surrounding the final. Preliminary findings from this review are to be released in September.



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Liverpool fans unfairly blamed for CL final chaos, French Senate report says https://long-champbags.com/liverpool-fans-unfairly-blamed-for-cl-final-chaos-french-senate-report-says-2/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 18:36:36 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/liverpool-fans-unfairly-blamed-for-cl-final-chaos-french-senate-report-says-2/ LIVERPOOL fans were unfairly blamed for the chaos that surrounded last season’s Champions League final in Paris to ‘distract attention’ from the failure of organisers, according to a French Senate report. The Senate has heard from Reds supporters, as well as French police and government officials and UEFA events director Martin Kallen, since the May […]]]>

LIVERPOOL fans were unfairly blamed for the chaos that surrounded last season’s Champions League final in Paris to ‘distract attention’ from the failure of organisers, according to a French Senate report.

The Senate has heard from Reds supporters, as well as French police and government officials and UEFA events director Martin Kallen, since the May 28 game, which started with more than half a hour late.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin initially blamed delays at the gate for ticketless Liverpool fans for crowds accumulating at the perimeter of the Stade de France, with police also using tear gas on supporters waiting to gain entry.

Fans gather outside the Stade de France perimeter on May 28 (Adam Davy/PA)

The interim report of his findings, published on Wednesday, said: “It is unfair to have sought to blame Liverpool supporters for the disturbances, as the Home Secretary did to deflect the attention to the State’s inability to adequately manage the crowds present and to curb the action of several hundred violent and coordinated (local) offenders.

He was greeted by Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan, who demanded an apology from the French government. Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly have demanded the same plus a full parliamentary inquiry in France.

“I would say I was incredibly encouraged to see one of the senators specifically apologize to Liverpool fans and Real Madrid fans for what happened that night,” Hogan said on the Liverpool official website.

“And I would ask the French government to do the same. Not just to Liverpool and Real Madrid fans, but to both clubs, who had reputational issues coming out of the final and we hope they will apologize where they are deserved.

The report revealed that the chaos was caused by a “chain of events and malfunctions” in the days and hours leading up to kick-off.

He adds: “The systems put in place had major shortcomings with regard to intelligence (absence of hooligans but presence of criminals in large numbers), transport routes for supporters (removal of a drop-off route near the stadium ) and poor communication.

“It is not only in the execution that problems have arisen. Upstream, the crisis scenarios were insufficiently worked out and did not demonstrate the necessary flexibility in the face of so many unforeseen events.

The Senate report says the French authorities must learn the lessons of the “serious collective failure” that has occurred and apply them to the organization of the Rugby World Cup next year and the Olympics in 2024.

The report described UEFA’s handling of the ticketing system as “inadequate” and criticized the lack of training for stewards, who it said were quickly overwhelmed.

UEFA had not put in place a system in advance to detect the extent of forgeries, the Senate found.

The report says the French Football Federation (FFF) has identified 2,471 counterfeit tickets, including 1,644 in the southern area of ​​the stadium dedicated to Liverpool supporters.

Fans wait in front of Gate Y of the Stade de FranceFans wait outside Gate Y of the Stade de France (Nick Potts/PA)

He also said that the decision to carry out an initial check of the validity of tickets at the pre-check security points had led to the blocking of the checkpoints.

The Senate recommended the introduction of tamper-proof tickets for these major events and better coordination between stewards and police.

The reduced service of the RER B network put additional pressure on the RER D, which had to deal with 36,000 fans instead of 10 to 15,000.

This, combined with a lack of escape routes at the exit of the RER D station, led to a “crisis situation”, according to the report.

Police were said to have been influenced by a ‘dated view’ of British fans as officers prepared for an influx of hooligans, rather than a plan built around fan enjoyment and ease of access to the venue.

“The reception of the supporters in a festive setting had been neglected”, he specifies.

Security personnel were slow to intervene in acts of theft by local offenders – and to get them out of the stadium forecourt – due to congestion caused by transportation and ticketing issues, according to the report.

The presence of these offenders was said to be “predictable”, but the number of police assigned to the fight against crime was not sufficient.

The report said 209 officers were deployed to cover the possibility of crimes being committed in the final, less than a third of the number on duty for the same purpose during the Nations League game France v Denmark last month. last.

Spirit of Shankly said the chaos around the final represented a “monumental failure” by the French government and UEFA.

He thanked the Senate for welcoming the fan testimonies and holding them harmless, but added, “There remains the problem of persistently repeated lies.

“We want a full apology from the French government with a complete retraction of the lies alleged in their name since May 28, 2022, and we will continue to push to achieve this. We also believe that only a full French parliamentary inquiry, with witnesses testifying under oath, will bring truth and justice and we will continue to push for this.

UEFA has commissioned an independent review of the events surrounding the final. Preliminary findings from this review are to be released in September.



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Liverpool fans unfairly blamed for CL final chaos, French Senate report says https://long-champbags.com/liverpool-fans-unfairly-blamed-for-cl-final-chaos-french-senate-report-says-3/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 17:35:55 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/liverpool-fans-unfairly-blamed-for-cl-final-chaos-french-senate-report-says-3/ Liverpool fans were unfairly blamed for the chaos that surrounded last season’s Champions League final in Paris to ‘distract attention’ from the failure of organisers, according to a French Senate report. The Senate has heard from Reds supporters, as well as French police and government officials and UEFA events director Martin Kallen, since the May […]]]>

Liverpool fans were unfairly blamed for the chaos that surrounded last season’s Champions League final in Paris to ‘distract attention’ from the failure of organisers, according to a French Senate report.

The Senate has heard from Reds supporters, as well as French police and government officials and UEFA events director Martin Kallen, since the May 28 game, which started with more than half a hour late.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin initially blamed delays at the gate for ticketless Liverpool fans for crowds accumulating at the perimeter of the Stade de France, with police also using tear gas on supporters waiting to gain entry.

Fans gather outside the Stade de France perimeter on May 28 (Adam Davy/PA)

The interim report of his findings, published on Wednesday, said: “It is unfair to have sought to blame Liverpool supporters for the disturbances, as the Home Secretary did to deflect the attention to the State’s inability to adequately manage the crowds present and to curb the action of several hundred violent and coordinated (local) offenders.

He was greeted by Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan, who demanded an apology from the French government. Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly have demanded the same plus a full parliamentary inquiry in France.

“I would say I was incredibly encouraged to see one of the senators specifically apologize to Liverpool fans and Real Madrid fans for what happened that night,” Hogan said on the Liverpool official website.

“And I would ask the French government to do the same. Not just to Liverpool and Real Madrid fans, but to both clubs, who had reputational issues coming out of the final and we hope they will apologize where they are deserved.

The report revealed that the chaos was caused by a “chain of events and malfunctions” in the days and hours leading up to kick-off.

He adds: “The systems put in place had major shortcomings with regard to intelligence (absence of hooligans but presence of criminals in large numbers), transport routes for supporters (removal of a drop-off route near the stadium ) and poor communication.

“It is not only in the execution that problems have arisen. Upstream, the crisis scenarios were insufficiently worked out and did not demonstrate the necessary flexibility in the face of so many unforeseen events.

The Senate report says the French authorities must learn the lessons of the “serious collective failure” that has occurred and apply them to the organization of the Rugby World Cup next year and the Olympics in 2024.

The report described UEFA’s handling of the ticketing system as “inadequate” and criticized the lack of training for stewards, who it said were quickly overwhelmed.

UEFA had not put in place a system in advance to detect the extent of forgeries, the Senate found.

The report says the French Football Federation (FFF) has identified 2,471 counterfeit tickets, including 1,644 in the southern area of ​​the stadium dedicated to Liverpool supporters.

Fans wait outside Gate Y of the Stade de FranceFans wait outside Gate Y of the Stade de France (Nick Potts/PA)

He also said that the decision to carry out an initial check of the validity of tickets at the pre-check security points had led to the blocking of the checkpoints.

The Senate recommended the introduction of tamper-proof tickets for these major events and better coordination between stewards and police.

The reduced service of the RER B network put additional pressure on the RER D, which had to deal with 36,000 fans instead of 10 to 15,000.

This, combined with a lack of escape routes at the exit of the RER D station, led to a “crisis situation”, according to the report.

Police were said to have been influenced by a ‘dated view’ of British fans as officers prepared for an influx of hooligans, rather than a plan built around fan enjoyment and ease of access to the venue.

“The reception of the supporters in a festive setting had been neglected”, he specifies.

Security personnel were slow to intervene in acts of theft by local offenders – and to get them out of the stadium forecourt – due to congestion caused by transportation and ticketing issues, according to the report.

The presence of these offenders was said to be “predictable”, but the number of police assigned to the fight against crime was not sufficient.

The report said 209 officers were deployed to cover the possibility of crimes being committed in the final, less than a third of the number on duty for the same purpose during the Nations League game France v Denmark last month. last.

Spirit of Shankly said the chaos around the final represented a “monumental failure” by the French government and UEFA.

He thanked the Senate for welcoming the fan testimonies and holding them harmless, but added, “There remains the problem of persistently repeated lies.

“We want a full apology from the French government with a complete retraction of the lies alleged in their name since May 28, 2022, and we will continue to push to achieve this. We also believe that only a full French parliamentary inquiry, with witnesses testifying under oath, will bring truth and justice and we will continue to push for this.

UEFA has commissioned an independent review of the events surrounding the final. Preliminary findings from this review are to be released in September.



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“Series of malfunctions” behind the Champions League final chaos, according to the French Senate https://long-champbags.com/series-of-malfunctions-behind-the-champions-league-final-chaos-according-to-the-french-senate-2/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 17:12:25 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/series-of-malfunctions-behind-the-champions-league-final-chaos-according-to-the-french-senate-2/ By Camille Knight and Amandine Hess, CNN The French Senate cleared liverpool fans from any responsibility in the The chaos of the Champions League finalinstead blaming French decision-making, two senators told reporters at a press conference Wednesday presenting the findings of a report on the violence. The Senate has yet to make the report public […]]]>

By Camille Knight and Amandine Hess, CNN

The French Senate cleared liverpool fans from any responsibility in the The chaos of the Champions League finalinstead blaming French decision-making, two senators told reporters at a press conference Wednesday presenting the findings of a report on the violence.

The Senate has yet to make the report public at the time of writing.

Senator Laurent Lafon, chairman of the culture, education and communication commission, co-author of the report, attributed the violent scenes of the final to “a series of malfunctions that occurred in a rather vague administrative and decision-making framework”.

“It was not the number of people present around the stadium that caused these malfunctions,” he said. “Just because there were Liverpool supporters accompanying their team doesn’t mean things went wrong.”

The senators blamed the lack of “anticipation” of several institutions, including the French police and the European football association UEFA. Senator François-Noël Buffet, chairman of the Senate law commission who co-wrote the report, notably pointed to the failure of the filtering process.

“It only took 10,000 to 15,000 people to make the screening process impossible. Even if there hadn’t been more supporters than seats in the stadium, the situation could have been the same, causing the same chaos, and leading to dramas that we fortunately avoided. This failure is therefore due to the decisions taken by the police,” Buffet said.

The number of counterfeit tickets was “10 times higher than the usual average” according to Lafon, believing that “the management of the ticket office by UEFA proved to be insufficient”.

Lafon also contradicted the arguments put forward by French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, “namely that the disturbances caused were linked to a massive influx of spectators and a large number of counterfeit notes”. He added that “those two arguments exist, but they are not the cause of the disturbances”.

“Obviously we offer our regrets and our apologies for what happened,” Lafon said, adding that the fans were “real victims” of the chaos.

Much criticism has been leveled at the treatment of fans by the French authorities deployed for the game in May. Photos and videos circulating on social media show Liverpool supporters crowded into fenced-off areas and tear gas used by police.

At the start of June, UEFA apologized “to all the spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events” in the preparation for the match. In addition, the governing body said it has set up an independent review to “identify shortcomings and responsibilities of all entities involved in the organization of the final” with a final report expected to appear on the website of the association. ‘.

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French Senate blames Paris authorities for Cup final horrors, not Liverpool fans – SKWAWKBOX https://long-champbags.com/french-senate-blames-paris-authorities-for-cup-final-horrors-not-liverpool-fans-skwawkbox/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 16:29:40 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/french-senate-blames-paris-authorities-for-cup-final-horrors-not-liverpool-fans-skwawkbox/ The French government minister also wrongly claimed that fans were responsible for police brutality and endangerment A French Senate inquiry into the horrific scenes at the Champions League final in May has firmly blamed the violence and abuse on French authorities and not Liverpool fans, as the French government initially tried to claim it. The […]]]>

The French government minister also wrongly claimed that fans were responsible for police brutality and endangerment

A French Senate inquiry into the horrific scenes at the Champions League final in May has firmly blamed the violence and abuse on French authorities and not Liverpool fans, as the French government initially tried to claim it.

The French government initially blamed fans and counterfeit tickets for the crowd chaos that led to supporters being gassed and robbed in Paris.

The report into the investigations of two Senate committees concludes that fans were unfairly blamed and indicates that “dysfunctional” errors were made throughout the planning and execution of match arrangements, going as far as to qualify the report of ‘fiasco’ and dismissing the authorities’ claims the trouble was caused by Liverpool fans showing up with fake tickets.

Fans were sprayed with tear gas and pepper spray outside the ground, some were refused entry to the game despite having valid tickets after the turnstiles failed to function properly. The report also blames an attempt by the police to “pre-screen” fans as they arrive at the station, a system totally unworkable for the number of fans arriving, causing bottlenecks and jostling. Unfortunately, authorities deleted CCTV footage of the violence a week after the match.

The chairman of one of the inquiries condemned the lack of coordination and communication between the various bodies involved in the planning, as well as the attempts to scapegoat supporters for the dismal failures of the organizers and the police.

In his testimony to the investigations, the French Minister Gérald Darmanin nevertheless tried to make the supporters feel guilty even if he was forced to admit numerous organizational failures. The government originally claimed 30-40,000 Liverpool fans arrived without genuine tickets – a smear now confirmed to be a complete fabrication.

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“Series of malfunctions” behind the Champions League final chaos, according to the French Senate https://long-champbags.com/series-of-malfunctions-behind-the-champions-league-final-chaos-according-to-the-french-senate/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 14:55:00 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/series-of-malfunctions-behind-the-champions-league-final-chaos-according-to-the-french-senate/ The Senate has yet to make the report public at the time of writing. Senator Laurent Lafon, chairman of the culture, education and communication commission, co-author of the report, attributed the violent scenes of the final to “a series of malfunctions that occurred in a rather vague administrative and decision-making framework”. “It was not the […]]]>

The Senate has yet to make the report public at the time of writing.

Senator Laurent Lafon, chairman of the culture, education and communication commission, co-author of the report, attributed the violent scenes of the final to “a series of malfunctions that occurred in a rather vague administrative and decision-making framework”.

“It was not the number of people present around the stadium that caused these malfunctions,” he said. “Just because there were Liverpool supporters accompanying their team doesn’t mean things went wrong.”

The senators questioned the lack of “anticipation” of several institutions, including the French police and UEFA, the European football association. Senator François-Noël Buffet, chairman of the Senate law commission who co-wrote the report, notably pointed to the failure of the filtering process.

“It only took 10,000 to 15,000 people to make the screening process impossible. Even if there hadn’t been more supporters than seats in the stadium, the situation could have been the same, causing the same chaos and causing drama that we have fortunately This failure is therefore due to the decisions made by the police, ”said Buffet.

The number of counterfeit tickets was “10 times higher than the usual average” according to Lafon, believing that “the management of the ticket office by UEFA proved to be insufficient”.

Lafon also contradicted the arguments put forward by French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, “namely that the disturbances caused were linked to a massive influx of spectators and a large number of counterfeit tickets”. He added that “those two arguments exist, but they are not the cause of the disturbances”.

“Obviously we offer our regrets and our apologies for what happened,” Lafon said, adding that the fans were “real victims” of the chaos.

Much criticism has been leveled at the treatment of fans by the French authorities deployed for the game in May. Photos and videos circulating on social media show Liverpool supporters crowded into fenced-off areas and tear gas used by police.

At the start of June, UEFA apologized “to all the spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events” during the preparation for the match. In addition, the governing body said it has set up an independent review to “identify shortcomings and responsibilities of all entities involved in the organization of the final” with a final report expected to appear on the website of the association. ‘.


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Liverpool fans unfairly blamed for CL final chaos according to French Senate report https://long-champbags.com/liverpool-fans-unfairly-blamed-for-cl-final-chaos-according-to-french-senate-report/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 13:19:50 +0000 https://long-champbags.com/liverpool-fans-unfairly-blamed-for-cl-final-chaos-according-to-french-senate-report/ Liverpool fans were unfairly blamed for the chaos that surrounded last season’s Champions League final in Paris to ‘distract attention’ from the failure of organisers, according to a French Senate report. The Senate has heard from Reds supporters, as well as French police and government officials and UEFA events director Martin Kallen, since the May […]]]>

Liverpool fans were unfairly blamed for the chaos that surrounded last season’s Champions League final in Paris to ‘distract attention’ from the failure of organisers, according to a French Senate report.

The Senate has heard from Reds supporters, as well as French police and government officials and UEFA events director Martin Kallen, since the May 28 game, which started with more than half a hour late.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin initially blamed delays at the gate for ticketless Liverpool fans for crowds accumulating at the perimeter of the Stade de France, with police also using tear gas on supporters waiting to gain entry.

Fans gather outside the Stade de France perimeter on May 28 (Adam Davy/PA)

The interim report of his findings, published on Wednesday, said: “It is unfair to have sought to blame Liverpool supporters for the disturbances, as the Home Secretary did to deflect the attention to the State’s inability to adequately manage the crowds present and to curb the action of several hundred violent and coordinated (local) offenders.

He was greeted by Liverpool fan group Spirit of Shankly, who called for a full apology from the French government and a full parliamentary inquiry in France.

The report revealed that the chaos was caused by a “chain of events and malfunctions” in the days and hours leading up to kick-off.

He adds: “The systems put in place had major shortcomings with regard to intelligence (absence of hooligans but presence of criminals in large numbers), transport routes for supporters (removal of a drop-off route near the stadium ) and poor communication.

“It is not only in the execution that problems have arisen. Upstream, the crisis scenarios were insufficiently worked out and did not demonstrate the necessary flexibility in the face of so many unforeseen events.

The Senate report says the French authorities must learn the lessons of the “serious collective failure” that has occurred and apply them to the organization of the Rugby World Cup next year and the Olympics in 2024.

The report described UEFA’s handling of the ticketing system as “inadequate” and criticized the lack of training for stewards, who it said were quickly overwhelmed.

UEFA had not put in place a system in advance to detect the extent of forgeries, the Senate found.

The report says the French Football Federation (FFF) has identified 2,471 counterfeit tickets, including 1,644 in the southern area of ​​the stadium dedicated to Liverpool supporters.

Fans wait in front of Gate Y of the Stade de France
Fans wait outside Gate Y of the Stade de France (Nick Potts/PA)

He also said that the decision to carry out an initial check of the validity of tickets at the pre-check security points had led to the blocking of the checkpoints.

The Senate recommended the introduction of tamper-proof tickets for these major events and better coordination between stewards and police.

The reduced service of the RER B network put additional pressure on the RER D, which had to deal with 36,000 fans instead of 10 to 15,000.

This, combined with a lack of escape routes at the exit of the RER D station, led to a “crisis situation”, according to the report.

Police were said to have been influenced by a ‘dated view’ of British fans as officers prepared for an influx of hooligans, rather than a plan built around fan enjoyment and ease of access to the venue.

“The reception of the supporters in a festive setting had been neglected”, he specifies.

Security personnel were slow to intervene in acts of theft by local offenders – and to get them out of the stadium forecourt – due to congestion caused by transportation and ticketing issues, according to the report.

The presence of these offenders was said to be “predictable”, but the number of police assigned to the fight against crime was not sufficient.

The report said 209 officers were deployed to cover the possibility of crimes being committed in the final, less than a third of the number on duty for the same purpose during the Nations League game France v Denmark last month. last.

Spirit of Shankly said the chaos around the final represented a “monumental failure” by the French government and UEFA.

He thanked the Senate for welcoming the fan testimonies and holding them harmless, but added, “There remains the problem of persistently repeated lies.

“We want a full apology from the French government with a complete retraction of the lies alleged in their name since May 28, 2022, and we will continue to push to achieve this. We also believe that only a full French parliamentary inquiry, with witnesses testifying under oath, will bring truth and justice and we will continue to push for this.

UEFA has commissioned an independent review of the events surrounding the final. Preliminary findings from this review are to be released in September.



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