The French Court of Justice (CJR) will open an investigation against former Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe and former Health Ministers Olivier Véran and Agnes Buzyn for their management of the coronavirus pandemic.
The CJR has received a total of 90 complaints from French individuals, doctors, associations or prisoners since mid-March. They range from “endangering others’ lives” to “involuntary manslaughter” or “not helping a person at risk”.
According to Le Monde, the court examined 53 of these and found nine admissible, so the Attorney General of the French Court of Cassation, François Molins, who will lead the investigation, must now initiate a commission in this regard. On the contrary, 34 were declared inadmissible.
The nine complaints accepted by the CJR, the only body empowered to judge government officials for actions taken to perform their duties, were summarized on the single charge of “not fighting a disaster.”