NEWS – A complaint was filed after the assault of a journalist and an M6 sound engineer during a report in Canteleu (Seine-Maritime), near Rouen, after an anti-narcotics campaign in this town, AFP learned on Tuesday, October 12 from corroborating sources.
According to a police source, the vehicle of these two people was “degraded” Monday with iron bars and thrown projectiles while the journalists were inside.
Asked by an AFP correspondent, the Rouen prosecutor Frédéric Teillet just confirmed a “complaint” in this case.
An “inadmissible aggression”
M6’s Society of Journalists (SDJ) tweeted photos of a vehicle with the rear windshield completely destroyed, two broken windows and large cracks on the front windshield as well as a damaged exterior mirror.
“The car took well but no injuries. The journalists were visibly shocked, ”confirmed another police source.
According to the SDJ-M6 tweet, the journalist and sound engineer were first “insulted” while “they were filming”, before being assaulted while inside their vehicle. . “We condemn this inadmissible aggression against our journalists and press freedom,” writes the SDJ.
Five people were indicted Sunday as part of this anti-narcotics crackdown. Four others were to be presented then to the examining magistrate, according to the prosecution.
15 kg of heroin, firearms and 375,000 euros seized
These indictments come within the framework of a judicial investigation opened in September 2019 for drug trafficking and criminal association and conducted by a judge from Bobigny.
Initially 19 people were placed in police custody on Friday, including the PS mayor of Canteleu Mélanie Boulanger, former head of the PS-EELV regional list, and one of his deputies. The two elected officials were released on Saturday.
According to the Bobigny prosecutor’s office, which is piloting the investigation, searches “made it possible to seize 15 kg of heroin, 25 kg of cutting product, firearms and the sum of 375,000 euros”.
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