French dam protest death: grenade-throwing gendarme 'not at fault' says inquiry

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According to their own watchdog, gendarmes fulfilled their duties with “professionalism and restraint” during the violent events that led to the death of botany student Rémi Fraisse at a protest against the building of a dam in south-west France. The inquiry into the tragedy of the night of October 25th by the Inspection Générale de la Gendarmerie Nationale (IGGN) has also ruled that there was no breach of legal or ethical rules by officers involved, including the gendarme who threw the grenade that killed the 21-year-old. Meanwhile the judicial investigation into the death is still continuing. Louise Fessard reports on the outcome of the report and the questions that remain unanswered.

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Gendarmes have been cleared of committing any “professional fault” during the night in which 21-year-old botany student Rémi Fraisse was killed by one of their grenades during a protest against the building of a dam in south-west France. The gendarmes' watchdog the Inspection Générale de la Gendarmerie Nationale (IGGN) said that while it was indeed a gendarme grenade that killed the student at the site of the proposed Sivens dam on the night of October 25th, officers had “fulfilled their mission with professionalism and restraint”. The report concludes: “The administrative inquiry has not brought to light breaches of legal and ethical rules or of approved techniques in the maintenance of law and order.”