Hard-line interior minister proves indispensable to Macron

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Interior minister Gérald Darmanin has become a useful tool for the French president as he responds to growing calls for law and order following a spate of terror attacks.

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He has declared war on the Islamist “enemy within” and halal food shelves in supermarkets. He launched what he described as a “massive” operation against 76 of France’s mosques, and sought to criminalize the filming of police officers. And he announced that he “can’t breathe” when he hears the term “police violence” — mocking a cry against police brutality that originated in the United States and resonated around the world, reports The New York Times.