July 1, 2022

the Court of Justice of the Republic dismisses nearly 20,000 standard complaints filed against ministers

The Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) has dismissed the 19,685 standard complaints filed against several members of the government, announced the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation, François Molins, on Monday 24 January.

These complaints denounce in particular the health pass and the promotion of vaccination against Covid-19. Written in identical terms from a paid form posted online by lawyer Fabrice Di Vizio, they were filed between July 28 and December 31, 2021 with the CJR’s Requests Commission – the only competent jurisdiction. to prosecute and judge incumbent ministers.

The complaints targeted the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, that of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, and the Minister Delegate in charge of Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari.

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In his statement, the Attorney General, who acts as the public prosecutor to the CJR, explains that these complaints were examined by the Requests Commission in November, December and January, and that they were all dismissed.

Some of these complaints accused Mr. Castex and Mr. Véran of “abstention from fighting a disaster”. However, the commission considered that the health pass and the vaccination obligation constituted “positive acts and not abstentions”.

” False advertising “

Others also targeted MM. Castex and Blanquer for “extortion”, arguing that “due to the regulations relating to the health pass” they exercised “moral constraint” for “force the French to get vaccinated”. But, according to the commission, “the health pass is not compulsory and while there are alternatives to lead a normal daily life, no moral constraint (…) cannot be accepted”.

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Mr. Véran was also accused of ” false advertising “ for promoting the vaccine in several videos, “while the extension of the conditional marketing authorization to the under-18 group is the subject of an appeal before the Court of Justice of the European Union”. “This is institutional communication in times of health crisis and not advertising for commercial purposes”, replies the CJR.

Finally, Mr. Djebbari was criticized for not having taken “no measure to protect French citizens from the risk of contamination” in public transport. For the commission, nothing establishes the absence of measure.

The CJR has been carrying out since July 2020 an investigation into the government’s management of the Covid-19 epidemic, targeting the former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn and Mr. Véran, who succeeded him. In September, M.me Buzyn was indicted for “endangering the lives of others” and placed under the more favorable status of assisted witness for “voluntary abstention from fighting a claim”.

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The World with AFP