“It is obvious that this celebration of sport has been ruined,” he added. “And we very sincerely regret the sometimes unacceptable excesses that have taken place,” said the minister, under fire from critics after his statements on the number of counterfeit notes.
“This is the event that has mobilized the most police and gendarmes since I became Minister of the Interior,” said Mr. Darmanin, rejecting any criticism of the number of police present: ” there were more than enough police personnel”.
“Several tickets were duplicated hundreds of times,” he also said, referring to the case of a ticket duplicated “744 times”.
Gérald Darmanin and Amélie Oudéa-Castéra have incriminated British supporters since Saturday evening, believing that they are largely responsible for the incidents, with “massive, industrial and organized fraud of counterfeit tickets”.
However, the figures put forward by the French government remain highly criticized, in England as in France.
According to Gérald Darmanin, “30,000 to 40,000 English supporters found themselves at the Stade de France, either without a ticket or with falsified tickets”.
This situation has, according to the authorities, led near the Stade de France to massive congestion, overflows and the intervention of the police.
A “serious lie”, denounced Marine Le Pen on Wednesday, believing that Gérald Darmanin “should himself consider that he must leave”.