Emmanuel Macron “Decided to launch the States General of Justice”, announced, Saturday, June 5, the Elysee. In his press release, the Head of State underlines his “Deep attachment” at “The separation of powers”, while the judiciary is strongly criticized by elected politicians and police unions. The president wishes in particular that “The Keeper of the Seals reports annually to Parliament on the government’s penal policy”, specifies the Elysee in a press release.
The announcement was made Friday evening during an interview at their request with Chantal Arens, the first president of the Court of Cassation, and François Molins, the Attorney General of the Court of Cassation. This meeting took place “In order to discuss the legal situation in our country, in particular with regard to the concerns of our fellow citizens on security”, specifies the press release from the Elysee. Mr. Molins, one of the highest French magistrates, rebelled at the end of April, in an interview with World against the trial in “laxity” made according to him to justice, in the face of the controversy aroused by the decision to declare criminally irresponsible the murderer of the Jewish sexagenarian Sarah Halimi.
In front of the two magistrates, Emmanuel Macron has, “During this peaceful and constructive exchange, recalled his deep attachment to the principle of the separation of powers and to the principle of the independence of the judicial authority of which he is the guarantor”, according to the Elysee.
On May 19, thousands of police officers demonstrated in front of the National Assembly, in the presence in particular of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, and many elected Republicans and the National Rally, but also elected left, such as the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, or the European Ecology-Les Verts MEP Yannick Jadot.
Criticism of justice was among the main slogans of the police unions on this occasion. The national secretary of the Alliance union thus affirmed that “The problem of the police is justice”. Criticism of justice has been echoed by the National Rally and many voices among Republicans.
On May 25, before the National Assembly, the Keeper of the Seals, Eric Dupond-Moretti, had called not to “To oppose justice and the police”, while the security concern is, according to polls, one of the main concerns of the French.