The Elysee wants the attackers of the photo reporter to be "arrested as soon as possible".
NICOLAS MESSYASZ / SIPA
The Elysee Palace said on Sunday that it wanted the perpetrators of the aggression of the seriously injured photoreporter in Reims to be “arrested as soon as possible”.
"The Elysée called the editorial staff of the Union, following the assault on Saturday in Reims of a photographer from the editorial staff, to express their emotion and sympathy, and their wish to see the perpetrators of the assault arrested at faster, ”said the presidency.
The police "fully mobilized to identify and arrest the perpetrators"
His aggression aroused great indignation, especially in the political world, and the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin said on Saturday in a tweet that the national police were "fully mobilized to identify and arrest the perpetrators".
My thoughts are with the photo-journalist seriously injured in the course of his work in Reims.
Solidarity with the editorial staff of @ UnionArdennais and the whole profession.
The @PoliceNationale is fully mobilized to identify and challenge the perpetrators.
- Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) February 27, 2021
This 65-year-old photo reporter from the regional daily L'Union was seriously injured on Saturday in Reims, while he was covering groups of young people in the priority district of the Red Cross.
He was assaulted “in still undetermined circumstances, but on a voluntary basis.
I therefore opened an investigation for attempted murder, entrusted to departmental security, ”said Reims public prosecutor, Matthieu Bourrette, on Saturday.
The journalist “was found on the ground, around 3.30 pm in the Red Cross district (…).
The police were on the spot, had identified movements of young people, some of whom were carrying baseball bats, and reinforcements had been called "to secure the neighborhood, said the Prefect of Marne Pierre N'Gahane .
Reims: A photojournalist attacked and seriously injured in a priority district
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