The loss of video surveillance images from the Stade de France on the evening of the Champions League final raises several questions. In the absence of a requisition, these were removed after seven days. But for now, the complaints are only about acts committed outside the enclosure. Images of the stadium forecourt are still available.
An admission that raises several questions. During the hearing before the Senate of four members of the French Football Federation (FFF), Erwan Le Prévost, the federation’s director of institutional and international relations, admitted that the video surveillance footage of the evening at the Stade de France during the last Champions League final had been deleted.
As a reminder, many incidents occurred before this poster between the Real Madrid and Liverpool (1-0). The kick-off had even been delayed. “The images are available for seven days. They are then automatically destroyed. We should have had a requisition to provide them to the different populations. For having been on PC security all day with Didier [Pinteaux, responsable sécurité de la FFF]”The images are extremely violent,” Erwan Le Prévost said during his hearing on Thursday, several days after Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.
The images of the courtyard are always available for justice
The legal preservation of video surveillance images is a maximum of one month. Beyond that, it is illegal in France. On the other hand, the operator who manages the speaker can reduce this time to 7, 14 or 21 days as he wishes. The rule of the Stade de France is to keep them for seven days before removing them, for the 220 cameras.
Outside the perimeter of the Stade de France, on the other hand, other cameras are installed and are under the responsibility of either the town hall of Saint-Denis or the police. The videos of the cameras managed by the government are kept for 30 days, the maximum time. The images in these videos are therefore still available to the judiciary, which will soon have to deal with several recent complaints. The RATP retains its tapes 72 hours before destruction.
It seems curious, however, that the images inside the Stade de France were not the subject of a request from the FFF, given the events, to preserve them. She was entitled to do so. These images could also have been the subject of a judicial requisition. But it is not because we are talking about a “judicial” requisition that the order to seize necessarily goes back to the prosecutor’s office. The OPJ, Judicial Police Officers, can do it on their own.
Are the videos of the Stade de France necessarily useful in the current proceedings? Not necessarily. Because in the open investigations, the complaints filed so far have nothing to do with the acts committed inside the stadium. All crimes were committed outside the Stade dde France. And there, the images still exist.