COVID-19 inquiry to be managed by French parliament, not judiciary
August 3, 2020
Europe

Belloubet: COVID-19 inquiry to be managed by French parliament, not judiciary

PARIS (Europe) – Inquiries into France’s response to the coronavirus pandemic must be handled by the French parliament instead of a judicial panel, according to France’s justice minister Nicole Belloubet.

This comes amid increasing scrutiny of France’s COVID-19 measures.

“The government is accountable to parliament. If the parliament thinks (the outbreak) has been handled badly, then it must challenge the government’s response.”

– Nicole Belloubet, France’s Justice Minister

Belloubet’s statement came not long after Paris prosecutors opened a preliminary inquiry into the actions of the government toascertain if any criminal offences may have been committed.

The prosecutors’ office reported 62 complaints by public bodies, including government ministries, local authorities and nursing homes.

“If our citizens think the government handled the crisis, badly, there are elections. They can sanction the government.”

– Nicole Belloubet, France’s Justice Minister

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