The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Paris is opening a probe into the French state’s management of the COVID-19 crisis, with possible charges including “manslaughter” and “endangering the lives of others”, Paris’ public prosecutor Rémy Heitz announced on Tuesday (9 June).
This investigation is the first judicial response to complaints filed by victims’ relatives and professional organisations during the lockdown. The prosecutor’s office is also examining complaints made in a “petitioning process” based on standard complaints published on the plaintecovid.fr website.
These complaints sometimes target administrative officials by name, in particular the head of the Santé Publique France agency (the country’s health agency), Jérôme Salomon, who has been the face of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Santé Publique France, the prison administration and the French labour ministry, among others, have also been targeted. (EURACTIV.FR)