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Paris. The protest against police violence and the controversial security law have triggered a crisis at the top of France. President Emmanuel Macron received Prime Minister Jean Castex, the interior and justice ministers and representatives of parliament in the Élysée Palace on Monday to find a way out. After the brutal police operation against a music producer, the judiciary initiated investigations against four security forces. Two of them were detained and two were placed under judicial supervision.

According to the authorities, more than 100,000 people took to the streets nationwide at the weekend - they demonstrated, among other things, against a bill that could restrict the publication of police recordings during operations. According to the government, the law should better protect the police.

House of Commons agrees

However, critics see the freedom of the press in jeopardy. Surveillance camera footage showing how the police brutally attack the music producer and the aggressive evacuation of a refugee camp had recently fueled the debate and caused indignation.

The meeting in the Élysée Palace, which has now been scheduled at short notice, was reported to focus on the controversial article of the Security Act, which criminalizes the filming of malicious intent by police officers. There was initially no official confirmation from the presidential palace for the meeting. The House of Commons has already approved the bill, and now it is the Senate's turn.

"Society has never been so divided"

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin had repeatedly defended the law and had come under pressure during the debate. He was supposed to speak to a parliamentary committee that evening. Pierre Person, a member of the La République En Marche presidential party, called for the controversial Article 24 to be deleted in the newspaper "Le Parisien", he announced. "French society has never been as divided as it is today, and Article 24 contributes to that," he said.

The lawyer for the music producer attacked said she was "satisfied" with the investigative proceedings that have now been initiated against the police on Franceinfo. Some police unions, on the other hand, assessed the judiciary's decision, especially with regard to pre-trial detention, as too harsh. It is hoped that this was not due to pressure from the media and that only the elements of the case had been taken into account, Thierry Clair of the Unsa police union told the broadcaster. (dpa)