The stade de France fiasco will not improve Darmanin’s relationship with the UK

POLITICS-Between Gérald Darmanin and the United Kingdom, there have been ups and downs, but primarily tragedies. The French interior minister has been blamed by critics across the Channel for blaming the riots at the Stade de France on Saturday May 28 on English supporters. The latest stage in a relationship that has not always been rosy between the French minister and the British.

Since the Champions League final, Gérald Darmanin and newly appointed Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castera have taken the lead in broadcasting the government’s version. Here it is: The failure was caused by the massive sale of fake tickets to England fans. “We believe the fraud came from the other side of the Channel,” Gérald Darmanin said during a press conference on Monday, May 30, without apologizing for the inconvenience caused.

This speech will not pass by Liverpool fans, whose calm demeanor has been overshadowed by numerous witnesses in the area and examined as a result of Hillsborough’s painful memory that led to the deaths of 97 people after the stampede before the Liverpool game. FC and NottinghamForest.

Outraged, Labor MP Ian Byrne, survivor of the tragedy on April 15, 1989, wrote to the British Foreign Secretary to apologize “from the French police”, while Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson asked for the same, in May 30, citing the name Gérald Darmanin as well as his teammate from Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castera.

Downing Street in personal reaction, saying it was “very disappointed” with the treatment of English fans. The tenant of Place Beauvau, in his capacity as security manager around the stadium, is on the British sights. Once again.

“We have no lessons to learn from the British. (…) We are neither their allies nor their auxiliaries.”

– Gérald Darmanin, November 15, 2021 on CNews

The culmination of tensions between Gérald Darmanin and Priti Patel, his British counterpart in the Interior, occurred at the end of 2021 in their usual file: the fight against illegal immigration that is crystallizing in Calais, an area that route favored by refugees. reaching England.

It all started with a war on numbers published in November. London was touched by the number of illegal arrivals to its shores and accused Paris of not putting in place a way to stop illegal crossings. Cruel response from Gérald Darmanin of CNews: “We have no lessons to learn from the British. (…) We are not their allies or their auxiliaries”.

In retaliation, the Interior Minister accused London of disrespecting financial commitments to help Paris and attacking the British labor market – even more attractive according to him. A subtle attack on his counterpart and his work: labor market reform is really Priti Patel’s other big file since his appointment in 2019.

Patel was not included in a Darmanin meeting

Less than ten days ago, after a brief diplomatic hiatus, a tragedy returned to tension: on November 24, 27 migrants lost their lives in a shipwreck off the coast of Calais. The wave of emotion did not stop London and Paris from shifting responsibility for the disaster: “Great Britain and France must work together. We have to stop being the only ones to fight the smugglers ”, Gérald Darmanin, on RTL, criticized on November 25.

Two days later, Boris Johnson’s Twitter posting of his letter to Emmanuel Macron burned to powder. The British leader offered his counterpart “a bilateral agreement” to send migrants arriving in the United Kingdom directly to France. Both substance and form ulcerate Paris. In response, Gérald Darmanin excluded Priti Patel from an interterministerial meeting planned with other European representatives.

“There have been some tensions after the dramatic sinking and threats of‘ pushing back ’ [repousser les bateaux clandestins arrivant en Angleterre depuis Calais, NDLR]”, Acknowledged the minister’s entourage, contacted by The HuffPost on May 31. But since,to normalize to. Between Priti Patel and Gérald Darmanin, things are going well ”, we were told.

“Gérald Darmanin is cheating”

Really? In March 2022, the French minister nonetheless had harsh words vis-à-vis the United Kingdom, and still on immigration, to Ukrainians, at this time. “Now that’s enough. should link their speeches in English – I have heard many generous speeches by Mr. Johnson – and the facts “, summarized Gérald Darmanin, in Europe1, March 7, 2022, twenty days after the invasion of Russia. Two days later, in a letter to his English counterpart Priti Patel, he criticized the British for “lack of people”.

After a few days, the common ground and the reception system were finally found in London. But not if there is no indirect response from Boris Johnson defending his country’s “generosity” while Priti Patel directly responded to Gérald Darmanin before the British Parliament: “it is wrong to say that we are just bringing people back, no. not at all, we support those who went to Calai “, he replied.

This happened in March 2022. Since then, peace seems to have returned between the two ministers. Nearby HuffPostthe minister’s entourage boasted a “mostly peaceful” relationship.

The stage at the Stade de France did not directly concern Minister Priti Patel. On the other hand, the image of Gérald Darmanin does not come out of it being restored across the Channel. “Gérald Darmanin is fraud”, confronted Jamie Carragherformer Liverpool player and British star is now a sports consultant, in response to a press conference given by the French minister 48 hours after the events.

See also HuffPost: Champions League final and fake tickets, the government prepares itself in its defense

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