Former French Health Minister Summoned for Alleged Mishandling of COVID-19 Pandemic

French former health minister Agnes Buzyn has been summoned to appear in the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) in Paris for allegedly mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic and could face possible indictment. 

Buzyn who resigned in mid-February 2020, could reportedly be indicted for “endangering the lives of others” during the onset of the pandemic. 

CJR magistrates have also accused Buzyn of  “voluntary abstention from fighting a disaster” and declaring early on that the chance of COVID-19 spreading across France was low. 

Le Monde reported that Buzyn had not complied with a first convocation from the CJR in July.

Once the trial is over, Buzyn can be indicted or become a witness, if she manages to convince the judges that there is not enough evidence against her alleged mishandling of the pandemic crisis. 

Buzyn has not yet released a statement on the allegations against her. 

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