July 7, 2022

the Court of Justice of the Republic rejects a series of nearly 20,000 complaints against the government

It was an organized rain of complaints against the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, and three members of the government. The Requests Commission of the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) received 19,685, between July 28 and December 31, 2021. They denounced the management of the health crisis by the government, and especially the health pass, of same as the compulsory vaccination against Covid-19. The CJR, the only court empowered to prosecute and try ministers in office, dismissed them all without further action. This was announced by the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation, François Molins, in a press release issued Monday, January 24.

These complaints were reviewed between November 2021 and January. They had all been pre-drafted by lawyer and anti-vaccine activist Fabrice Di Vizio. The one who also defends Professor Didier Raoult and regularly intervened on the sets of Cyril Hanouna on C8 had traded on the Internet in these pre-written complaints, which flooded the CJR. In addition to the head of government, they targeted the minister of health, Olivier Veran, the minister of national education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, and the minister delegate in charge of transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari.

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These complaints were aimed at Mr. Castex and Mr. Véran for “misdemeanor of abstaining from fighting a claim”, “extortion offence”, “misleading advertising offence”, “crime of non-compliance with obligations”, based on articles of the penal code, public health, consumption. They criticized the measures to introduce the health pass and defended the idea that the Prime Minister “exercises a moral constraint in conscience to compel the French to be vaccinated”. Regarding Mr. Blanquer, he was accused of having “intentionally exercised moral duress” to force children to get vaccinated and “treat unfavourably” those who were not. Mr. Djebbari was accused of not having “taken no measures to protect French citizens from the risk of contamination” in transport, based on distorted statements.

“Positive acts and not abstentions”

The CJR’s Requests Committee considers that the health pass and the vaccination obligation constitute “positive acts and not abstentions”. It also notes that Mr. Djebbari’s words were “taken out of context” and in no way demonstrate the lack of measures put forward in the complaints. The “moral constraint” cannot be retained either, specifies the press release, because “the health pass does not[est] not mandatory and there are alternatives to lead a normal daily life”. As to what the author of the complaints, Mre Di Vizio, qualifies as “advertising videos”, it is actually a “institutional communication in times of health crisis”. All the alleged infringements denounced in the complaints marketed by this lawyer have been deemed inadmissible. On November 8, 2021, the Paris Bar Council opened disciplinary proceedings against Me Di Vizio for his public positions and his professional practices.

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However, the CJR is continuing an investigation opened since July 2020 on the subject of the responsibility of political decision-makers in the management of the health crisis. The judicial information targets the former Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, Mr. Véran and his predecessor, Agnès Buzyn. The latter was indicted on September 10, 2021, for “endangering the lives of others”. She had notably declared, on January 24, 2020, that the “risks of spreading the coronavirus in the population are very low”.

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Two months later, in The world, after her electoral defeat for mayor of Paris, she gave another version of the facts: “When I left the ministry, I was crying because I knew the tsunami wave was ahead of us. » According to her, the holding of elections was a “masquerade”. She specified before the commission of inquiry of the National Assembly on the management of the health crisis, in June 2020, that she had alerted the Presidency of the Republic and Matignon five months earlier of the « danger » du Covid-19.