Emmanuel Macron “has decided to launch the States General of justice”, announced this Saturday the Elysee, underlining the “deep attachment” of the Head of State to “the separation of powers”, and while the judicial institution is strongly criticized by politicians and police unions.
The president also wanted “the Minister of Justice to report each year to Parliament on the government’s criminal policy,” said 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. Mr. Molins, one of the highest French magistrates, rebelled at the end of April in an interview with Le Monde against the “lax” trial made according to him to justice, in the face of the controversy aroused by the decision to declare criminally irresponsible the murderer of Jewish sexagenarian Sarah Halimi.
“Oppose justice and the police”
On May 19, tens of thousands of police officers had also demonstrated in front of the National Assembly, in the presence in particular of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, and many elected LR and RN, but also elected left, such for example that the mayor PS of Paris Anne Hidalgo, or the MEP EELV Yannick Jadot.
Criticism of justice was among the main slogans of the police unions on this occasion. It was taken over by the National Rally and many voices among Republicans.
On May 25, before the National Assembly, Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti called for “not opposing justice and the police”, while the security concern is, according to polls, among the main concerns of the French.
In front of the two magistrates, Emmanuel Macron “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 Palace .