national tribute to Éric Masson, “who served until the sacrifice of his life”
The day after a meeting with the police unions, the Prime Minister Jean Castex chaired Tuesday May 11 a national tribute to Eric Masson, the police officer killed Wednesday May 5. The ceremony took place in the prefecture of Vaucluse, in the presence of the interior ministers Gérald Darmanin and justice Eric Dupond-Moretti.
Two of Eric Masson’s colleagues, who joined the police in 2008, described, moved, a “Brigadier extraordinary”, “Humble, discreet, always attentive, always ready to help”. “You were a friend, you were a brother, you will be eternally in our heart”, testified one of them.
The Prime Minister then took the floor, regretting having to do so only a few days later. the tribute paid to Stéphanie M., killed in Rambouillet on April 24. She and Éric Masson “Were servants of the state. They died while they were on duty and carrying out their mission (…). The Republic will never tolerate an act of such violence and such cowardice going unpunished ”.
“Faced with the worst, he gave the best”
Jean Castex underlined the courage and dedication of the policeman who “Served until the sacrifice of his life”. “Faced with the worst, he gave the best. There are no less than ten letters of congratulations in his administrative file ”, he said before announcing thatEmmanuel Macron had made the decision “To appoint Eric Masson police commander and knight in the national order of the Legion of honor”.
Several thousand people had already gathered Sunday, May 9 in front of the Avignon police station to pay tribute to him. His funeral will take place in family privacy on Wednesday May 12 in the town of Bédarrides (Vaucluse), where he lived with his partner and his two daughters.
“What is at issue in this drama is also the heart of the Republic. There is no question of accepting the unacceptable “, said Jean Castex, who announced Monday evening a tougher punishment for attackers of police and gendarmes, and in particular a 30-year security sentence for people sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime committed against the forces of the order. These measures will not apply, in any event, to the case of the murderer of Eric Masson, by virtue of the principle of the non-retroactivity of the law. And they have not met the demands of trade union organizations which are calling for irreducible sentences or minimum sentences.