This strategic appointment, on the proposal of Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, is one of those decided by the Head of State.

The current national coordinator for intelligence and the fight against terrorism (CNRLT) and ex-Secretary of State to Christophe Castaner, then Minister of the Interior, will succeed Didier Lallement, whose management of public order and methods in general have been regularly criticized since his arrival at the PP in March 2019, in the midst of the “yellow vests” crisis.

Mr Lallement’s departure is not linked to the Stade de France fiasco in the Champions League final. The prefect had indeed announced to his troops several weeks earlier that he would leave the PP this summer, no later than August 27, the date of his 66th birthday.

Enarque, having spent most of his career in the Interior, Laurent Nuñez is a specialist in security issues and the fight against terrorism.

Aged 58, he knows the Paris prefecture perfectly, having been chief of staff to the prefect of police Bernard Boucault between 2012 and 2015.

He was also police chief of Bouches-du-Rhône from 2015 to 2017.

Before being appointed in 2018 Secretary of State to Christophe Castaner, he was head of the General Directorate of Homeland Security for a little over a year.

After leaving Place Beauvau in July 2018, he joined the Elysée to coordinate the “task force” against terrorism.