The hearing of the FFF made it possible to learn that the video surveillance images of the violence around the stadium were not kept.
The only images available are now those relayed by supporters and the press. Erwan Le Prévost, director of institutional affairs of the French Football Federation (FFF) was questioned before the senators this Thursday, June 9. The hearing of the FFF made it possible to learn that the video surveillance images of the violence around the stadium were not kept.
“It’s the law”
” Images are available for seven days . They are then automatically destroyed. We should have had a requisition to supply them to the different populations”, began to explain Erwan Le Prévost. He adds that to keep them, “we should have had a requisition to supply them to the different populations”. Which means that justice should have requested these images in the context of an investigation for example. And to conclude: “What I can tell you is that for having spent the day at the security PC, the images are extremely violent .”
“It’s the law,” the chairman of the culture committee, Laurent Lafon, told AFP. “We are surprised, the prefect took legal action very quickly, there was plenty of time to seize (these images), we have to understand what happened”.
“If it happened that they were not kept, that would pose a serious problem,” added the chairman of the law commission, François Noël Buffet, who co-chaired the hearing.
The retention period for images from a camera filming the public highway or a place open to the public must be proportionate and corresponding to the purpose for which the video protection system is installed. This duration should not exceed 1 month , details the Cnil. However, the operator who manages the enclosure can reduce this period to 7, 14 or 21 days, specifies BFMTV.
Controversy following the deletion of the images
Metropolitan Liverpool Mayor Steve Rotheram castigated “the lack of organization and very heavy handedness of the police, and of course the way the authorities are trying to shift the blame onto a scapegoat, supporters of Liverpool, for their incompetence”, he told AFP, before repeating this thesis by videoconference in front of the senators.
British supporters who are victims of offenses can file a complaint with the French courts via a dedicated form available since Monday on the website of the French Embassy in the United Kingdom.
” This means that images that you consider very violent existed and that there was no request from the authorities, in particular from the prefecture . (…) There is evidence that has been destroyed by, at least, incompetence, because I don’t want to think it was done on purpose. This is very serious on the part of the public authority”, lamented the senator of David Assouline.
Seeing the controversy rising, the Paris police headquarters assured on Twitter: ” The images in the possession of the police headquarters are obviously still available to the courts. , in the context of requisitions drawn up in a criminal investigation. Do not confuse images of the police and images of a private operator”
#Stade de France | The images in the possession of the @prefpolice are obviously always at the disposal of justice, within the framework of requisitions drawn up in a criminal investigation. Do not confuse images of the police with images of a private operator. pic.twitter.com/FFeZmRZ2FZ
— Prefecture of Police (@prefpolice) June 9, 2022