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Buzyn, who was Minister of Health until February 2020, testified before the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), the only authority that can prosecute members of the government, following accusations of abuse of power the day before.
“I DANGER HUMAN LIVES”
Subsequently, it was decided that he would be charged with “endangering the lives of others during the epidemic”. Buzyn said there was “no real risk” of the disease arriving in France in January 2020, a month after the first official cases appeared in China. A month later, when Buzyn left the ministry to participate in the race for mayor of Paris, he contradicted himself by saying that the coronavirus could strike like a tsunami. Investigating judges said Buzyn may be guilty of deliberately avoiding taking necessary action to combat a disaster, but will be heard as an assisted witness in the case due to lack of sufficient evidence for the charge. Buzyn has become the first former government official to be announced to be prosecuted for responding to the outbreak.
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