The footage from Zecler, first published Thursday by French news outlet Loopsider, stunned a nation already discussing a controversial provision in a new security law that would ban the entry of police into active duty. The release of the footage followed an earlier incident on Thursday in which a Paris police officer was shown on camera beating Afghan refugees as authorities cleared a migrant camp in central Paris.
President Emmanuel Macron said in a Facebook post on Friday that the images of Zecler̵
“I want to understand why I have been attacked by people wearing police uniforms. I actually want justice because I believe in justice in my country, ”Zecler said in an interview with the Associated Press. He added that he suffered injuries to his head, legs and forearms.
Three of the officers involved in the incident are accused of “intentional violence by a person in public authority” as well as of false statements documenting the incident. The fourth officer has only been charged with “intentional violence.” Two of the four have been given conditional release.
Amid growing public criticism in the wake of these incidents, the French government seemed willing to change the controversial provision that would ban filming in theory to protect them from harm.
Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday that the provision, still awaiting approval from the French Senate, would be revised.