Knife attack: Darmanin demands that the authorities can “request an injunction for treatment”

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8:58 p.m., December 3, 2023

This Sunday, the day after the knife attack which left one dead and two injured in Paris, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin was the guest on TF1’s 8 p.m. Faced with this tragedy and the profile of the terrorist, he asks that the authorities be able to “request an injunction for treatment”.

Gérald Darmanin demanded on Sunday evening that the authorities “can request an order for treatment” for a radicalized person being monitored for psychiatric disorders in order to prevent acts like that of the attacker of the Bir Hakeim bridge. The Minister of the Interior spoke on TF1 after a meeting in Matignon devoted to security after this knife attack on Saturday evening which cost the life of a German-Filipino tourist and injured a British and a Frenchman .

“An extremely firm criminal response”

The attacker “is an adherent of radical Islam and he is psychiatrically ill. He had stopped treatment at the request of certain doctors”, recalled Gérald Darmanin. “What we undoubtedly need to change, as we have seen around the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, is that the public authorities, the prefects, the police can request, require an order for care, which does not is not the case today,” he continued.

Stressing that the “police officers were not doctors”, he argued that they had “to manage people with psychotic disorders and adherents to radical Islam”. The minister insisted on the fact that France was “permanently under the influence of the radical Islamist threat”. “We must have an extremely firm criminal response,” he said.

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