Many times on track, the merger between LCP and Public Senate has never been initiated. The two parliamentary channels which share the DTT Channel 13 have, however, increased the number of joint broadcasts (Joint hearing, Europe Hebdo, Parliament Hebdo …) and cooperation (financial, administrative …) and together celebrate their 20e anniversary.
What subject could better unite them on this occasion than the parliamentary committees of inquiry? These interrogation sessions under oath, organized after months of investigation, shook up French political life. And they were the first to broadcast them, each time with audience records.
What power for commissions of inquiry?
“Enquêtes au Parlement”, the captivating documentary directed by Stéphane Haumant and produced by First Lines, questions the independence and the power of action of these commissions by reviewing four of them.
The first, centered on the food scandal of the “Mad Cow”, caused by the sale by England of contaminated animal meal, ran up against the silence of Brussels, but made it possible to include the principle of precaution in the Constitution. and improve traceability on meat.
Behind the scenes of parliamentary inquiries
Six years later, the investigation into the Outreau trial featured an inexperienced judge who had been let down by his superiors, without prompting any major reform of the justice system. More complicated, the commissions implicating in 2012 the Minister of the Budget Jérôme Cahuzac for a hidden account in Switzerland, then in 2018 the escapades of Alexandre Benalla, the former bodyguard of Emmanuel Macron, revealed their limits.
Relying on many actors and witnesses, including the current Keeper of the Seals Éric Dupond-Moretti, the documentary reveals behind the scenes of these commissions and questions their flaws. The evening will continue with two debates, the first on the institutions and the impact of these committees, and the second on the role of parliamentary channels abroad.