In the face of the black blocs, is it enough to pass a new law? Invited to speak on BFMTV on Thursday evening, following the renewed violence on the sidelines of the last processions of opponents of the pension reform, the Minister of Justice bluntly denounced the “terrifying images” of the police officer in flames, hit by a thug’s molotov cocktail. But Eric Dupond-Moretti remains skeptical about a possible new anti-thug law, which would be debated and voted “under the influence of emotion”.

Within the majority, several voices are calling for a new text. For his part, the Keeper of the Seals affirms that before “immediately going through the law”, the government’s priority is to “inventory our complete legal arsenal” and assess what “can be improved” without resort to a new law. Éric Dupond-Moretti also stresses the need to maintain a balance between “efficiency” and “public freedoms”, recalling that the Constitutional Council had partially censored a new anti-breaker law in 2019.

Finally, the Keeper of the Seals finds it “amazing” that “32% of people condone the violence” committed on the sidelines of processions, according to a recent Elabe survey for BFM TV. “Violence of which they are undoubtedly the witnesses through the intermediary of the TV screen, but of which they are not the direct victims, he underlined, if they saw their windows, their cars, their children and them -themselves ransacked, not certain that they would endorse the violence.