COVID-19: French PM sued over poor response to health crisis


French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, is to receive a complaint via the special Law Court of the Republic (CJR) from the “Victimes Coronavirus COVID-19 France” association for the poor management of the health crisis.

This was made known by the lawyer representing the organization, Fabrice Di Vizzio, on Thursday.

The Law Court of the Republic is designed to try the cases of misconduct by governmental officials in France.

“This is for those who wonder why with @ AssoCovid (Victimes Coronavirus covid-19 France) we filed a complaint before the Cjr against Castex! How long will we have to put up with the guilty speeches when during this time nothing advances on the side of the state?” Di Vizzio tweeted.

The complaint invokes the 223-7 article of France’s Penal Code, which includes the voluntary failure “to take or provoke measures… to combat a disaster likely to create a danger to the safety of persons”.

Di Vizzio has also participated in a probe against former Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, former Health Minister, Agnes Buzyn, and incumbent Health Minister, Olivier Veran, over their handling of the coronavirus crisis from its beginning.

The CJR received over ninety complaints in the spring.

The accusations included the shortage of facemasks and the necessary equipment to treat the COVID-19 patients.



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