Management of the Covid-19 crisis: Agnès Buzyn indicted for “endangering the lives of others”

September 13, 2021 by archyde

The investigation into the management of the Covid-19 crisis, opened in July 2020, enters a new dimension this Friday with the indictment of Agnes Buzyn for “endangering the lives of others”. It intervenes at the end of its hearing by magistrates of the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), we learned from the general prosecutor’s office of the CJR.

The former Minister of Health, at the helm between May 2017 and February 2020, was heard by the Court of Justice of the Republic, the only court empowered to judge ministers in the exercise of their function, which had called her this Friday morning. The latter therefore considered that there were sufficient elements to incriminate the doctor in her management of the health crisis, while she occupied a central role in the government. Agnès Buzyn, the first personality to be implicated in this vast case, was also placed under the more favorable status of assisted witness for “voluntary abstention from fighting a claim”.

« France very quickly took the necessary measures ”, reacted by the Prime Minister’s services to France Info, thus taking the defense of the former minister. If it is up to the current judicial investigation “to clarify the circumstances”, continues Matignon, “we must collectively ensure not to confuse what we know today about this pandemic and what was known about it at its beginning. “. Jean Castex “wished to show Agnès Buzyn all his esteem and support”, add the Prime Minister’s services to the radio.

“We should have stopped everything, it was a masquerade”

Brilliant doctor appointed Minister of Health in 2017, Agnès Buzyn, 58, saw her political ambitions swept away by her defeat in the municipal elections in Paris, and must now face justice in her management of the start of the health crisis.

While the world began to be afraid following the alarming information coming from Wuhan, in China, the one who is a hematologist by training spoke at the Elysee Palace on January 24, 2020 to say that “the risks of the spread of the coronavirus in the population are very weak ”. Before specifying that this analysis could “evolve”. In mid-February, she was replaced by Olivier Véran, leaving the government to run for mayor of Paris.

But after the first round, on March 17, while France was confined, it created an outcry by confiding in the world that it had alerted the Prime Minister in January to the seriousness of the pandemic: “When I left the ministry, I cried because I knew the tsunami wave was in front of us ”. “From the start I only thought of one thing: the coronavirus. We should have stopped everything, it was a masquerade, ”she had further argued, about the organization of municipal elections.

Comments confirmed in June 2020 before the commission of inquiry of the National Assembly on the management of the health crisis: the former Minister of Health had indicated to have alerted the Elysee and Matignon in January on the potential “danger” of the coronavirus.

VIDEO. “You cannot say that we did not anticipate”: Agnès Buzyn heard in June 2020 before the commission of inquiry of the National Assembly

The questioning of Ms. Buzyn is the first in this vast dossier devoted to the way – criticized, even today – in which the French authorities anticipated and then managed daily the coronavirus epidemic which killed at least 115,000 people in the region. country, according to Public Health France. Other invitations of this type could be launched by the CJR, targeting current or past members of the executive, including Olivier Véran or Édouard Philippe.

Today, the former minister faces justice in a certain loneliness, even if the prosecutions of which she is the subject cause “embarrassment”, in the words of the number one of the CFDT. “It’s easy to redo the matches 20 months later and say what should have been done,” said Laurent Berger at the microphone of France Inter. “It was still a very new situation”.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my