Gérald Darmanin

France to expel 44 of 234 migrants rescued from Mediterranean

International — Link

After allowing NGO rescue ship Ocean Viking carrying 234 migrants rescued at sea to dock in Toulon, French interior minister Gérald Darmanin has announced that 44 of the group will be deported 'as soon as their health allows', and that others may yet also be expelled.

Why French ministers prefer criminalising green protests to tackling the climate crisis

Politique — Opinion

After environmentalists protested over plans by farmers in western France to build a large irrigation reservoir, interior minister Gérald Darmanin likened some of the demonstrators to “ecoterrorists”. In doing so, say Mathieu Dejean and Fabien Escalona in this op-ed article, the minister was spouting paranoid fantasies while ignoring warnings about whether the planet can remain habitable. At the same time, they write, the country's main green party – which should be setting the political agenda - remains bogged down in internal squabbles.

Imam disappears after France's Council of State validates his expulsion


France’s Council of State has ruled against a lower court’s suspension of an expulsion order against imam Hassan Iquioussen for propagating anti-Semitism and misogyny and being an apologist for terrorism. Immediately after the ruling, which capped a month-long legal battle, police were sent to arrest Iquioussen at his home in north-east France but the 58-year-old imam had already disappeared. Camille Polloni reports.

When French interior minister dined with anti-Semitic imam he now wants to expel

France — Investigation

In a legal battle that began in July, France’s Council of State is to rule early next week on the legality of interior minister Gérald Darmanin’s order for the expulsion to Morocco of imam Hassan Iquioussen, accused of promoting anti-Semitism and opposition to gender equality, and acting as an apologist for terrorism. Mediapart can reveal that the high-profile, hardline interior minister in fact once enjoyed cordial relations with the imam when he sought to woo Muslim voters while campaigning for election as mayor of the town of Tourcoing, and when Iquioussen’s anti-Semitic diatribes were already known. Lou Syrah reports.

French interior minister ups legal battle to expel imam

France — Link

French interior minister Gérald Darmanin, whose move to expel imam Hassan Iquioussen, who he accuses of anti-Semitism, opposing gender equality and acting as an apologist for terrorism, was thwarted by a Paris administrative court, has now taken the case before the Council of State, France’s highest administrative court.

French interior minister forced to shelve tough immigration bill

France — Link

Gérald Darmanin, France's ambitious hardline interior minister, has been forced into a retreat by President Emmanuel Macron's centre-right government over his plans to propose draft legislation for a cracking down on illegal immigration and beefing up procedures for the expulsion of foreign nationals found guilty of criminal acts.  

Judge drops rape case against French interior minister

France — Link

A Paris magistrate has closed, without bringing charges, a five-year investigation into allegations of rape, sexual harassment and abuse of trust brought against French interior minister Gérald Darmanin by plaintiff Sophie Patterson-Spatz.

Under-fire French interior minister defends CL cup final policing

France — Link

French interior minister Gérald Darmanin, who has been strongly criticised over the policing arrangements for last Saturday's Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, when thousands of fans were caught for hours in a mass crush outside the Stade de France, has defended the handling of the event despite numerous complaints of police brutality and inadequate access to the stadium.

Champions League final chaos: France picks up the trophy for incompetence

France — Opinion

The showcase event of European football, the final of the Champions League, was marred by numerous incidents at the Stade de France in the northern suburbs of Paris on Saturday night. Hundreds of Liverpool fans were 'kettled', blocked at the entrance to the stadium, and then tear or pepper gassed by police officers before the club's match with Real Madrid. As Ilyes Ramdani writes in this opinion article, this failure comes on the back of years spent by the French public authorities pursuing a repressive, incompetent and often violent approach to maintaining order at public events.

France urges UK to open legal route for cross-Channel migrants

International — Link

In the wake of the loss of at least 27 lives in the sinking last week of a boat carrying migrants sailing from France to Britain, French interior minister Gérald Darmanin said the British government must 'open up a legal immigration route' because asylum-seekers have 'no other choice' than to cross the Channel in clandestine conditions. 

France says it will not be 'held hostage' to UK over Channel crossings

International — Link

Speaking after a meeting in Calais on Sunday with European counterparts to discuss clandestine migration and people trafficking, following the deaths of at least 27 people trying to cross the Channel to the UK last Wednesday, France's interior minister spoke of the need to cooperate 'seriously' on the issue with London but 'without being held hostage by domestic British politics'.

France calls on UK to ‘pay what it owes’ for policing Channel

France — Link

Interior minister Gérald Darmanin says negotiations should begin for migration treaty between UK and EU.

Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: the French government's double standards over 'separatism'

France — Analysis

For months the French government has continually raised concerns about what it sees as the dangers of “Islamic separatism” in the country and has brought in legislation to tackle it. Yet when in the wake of a major report on child sex abuse in the French Catholic Church a senior bishop suggested that the secrets of the confessional were stronger than the “Republic's laws” there was at first a deafening silence from government ministers. This reluctance to comment came on top of the government's clear embarrassment at the publication of the sex abuse report itself, a document which produced shocking figures on the extent of the scandal in the church. Ellen Salvi reports.

France rebukes bishop who said abuse revealed at confession is 'secret'

France — Link

Following  publication of a report about sexual abuse of children by the clergy, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort said in a radio interview that the secrecy of the confession rite takes precedence over the laws of the republic.

Rape probe against French interior minister Darmanin 'set to be dropped'

France — Link

The investigating judge has closed the inquiry into rape accusations against interior minister Gérald Darmanin and is moving towards a dismissal, according to Mediapart.